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150 years of caring in every sense

150 years of caring in every sense

Ann Clark

As Melbourne's third oldest hospital, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has witnessed many changes since it began, with five pounds and one bed, as the Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1863. Ann Clark, CEO of the Hospital writes about 150 years of caring in every sense. Read more →

All eyes on the World Diabetes Congress

All eyes on the World Diabetes Congress

Sarah Zerbib

This week Melbourne welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world to the 22nd World Diabetes Congress.The five day Congress brings together leading health care professionals, experts in the field of diabetes as well as people with diabetes to discuss issues, share knowledge and raise awareness of diabetes. Read more →

Finding their way–Orientation and Mobility Training in Timor-Leste

Finding their way–Orientation and Mobility Training in Timor-Leste

Lyndal Rowlands

In Timor-Leste people with a disability continue to face many barriers to social and economic inclusion. The Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons, through the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium, has been delivering Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training courses in Timor-Leste since 2010 to help people who are blind or have low vision to increase their safety and independence. Read more →

Watch out, cane about!

Watch out, cane about!

Dr Graeme White

Dr Graeme White, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, blogs about the innovative new ‘Watch out, cane about’ awareness campaign recently launched by the Guide Dogs organisations across Australia. Read more →

Q&A with Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery

Q&A with Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) leads the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia, launched earlier this year. We talk to General Jeffery about the Trust’s aims and work to date, as well some highlights in his long and distinguished career. Read more →

Vision Initiative pilot projects to save the sight of thousands

Vision Initiative pilot projects to save the sight of thousands

Jennifer Gersbeck

On World Sight Day, Vision 2020 Australia and the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC, launched the fantastic new Vision Initiative pilot projects aimed at saving the sight of thousands of Victorians. The new pilot projects aim to bring both health and eye health professionals together to identify those at risk of eye disease and vision loss, encouraging them to have regular eye tests. Read more →

Global Ambassador: Why World Sight Day is important

Global Ambassador: Why World Sight Day is important

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Personally I have experienced the loss of my sight, I am now legally blind and to know there are millions who don't have to lose their sight makes the initiative of World Sight Day even more crucial and so close to my heart. Read more →

Eyes on Hobart: RANZCO Congress

Eyes on Hobart: RANZCO Congress

A/Prof Nitin Verma AM (RANZCO Congress Convenor)

The most anticipated ophthalmic event of the year is nearly here! Now in its 45th year, RANZCO Congress is the largest event of its kind in Australia and New Zealand. It is held this year in my beautiful town of Hobart in Tasmania. Read more →

Seeing the bigger picture: Disability Inclusion in eye health programs

Seeing the bigger picture: Disability Inclusion in eye health programs

In a tiny rural community high in the mountains of Timor-Leste I sit on a rickety old wooden bench among a group of elderly Timorese. They wait patiently and excitedly, creating a buzz of chatter and curiosity. The mobile eye clinic has arrived and the team are setting up. The mountain is so high that we are sitting above the clouds, but what lies hidden from view is a tiny village without electricity; without running water; without a health clinic and with only one classroom. Read more →

Q&A with Lisa Briggs

Q&A with Lisa Briggs

In the fourth interview of our Q&A series Vision 2020 Australia talks to The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation’s (NACCHO) CEO, Lisa Briggs, about Investing in Healthy Futures for generational change: NACCHO 10 Point Plan 2013-2030, comprehensive primary health care and the people who have inspired her during her career. Ms Briggs has a wealth of experience in the field of Aboriginal health, predominantly within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector. Read more →

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