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First look at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s new Emergency Department

First look at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s new Emergency Department

Rachel Furolo

The new Emergency Department at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital aims to be a calming space for patients, staff and volunteers. Rachel Furolo recently visited the hospital in East Melbourne to see the newly launched Emergency Department in action. Read more →

40 years on from the launch of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program

40 years on from the launch of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program

Gabi Hollows

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the start of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. The program, run by the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology, set out to eliminate trachoma and other eye conditions in rural and remote communities and, for the first time, record the status of eye health in rural Australia. Gabi Hollows describes the ambitious project and her recent visit to the Oromia region in Ethiopia.   Read more →

Taking a community-led approach to trachoma

Taking a community-led approach to trachoma

Daniel Suggit

Following the #Get2020 Conference in Sydney, Daniel Suggit from NACCHO guest blogs on taking a community-led approach to eliminating trachoma in Australia. Read more →

Q&A with Professor Hugh Taylor AC on Trachoma

Q&A with Professor Hugh Taylor AC on Trachoma

Professor Hugh Taylor AC

With the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 meeting in Sydney this week, Vision 2020 Australia talks to Professor Hugh Taylor AC on what we are doing to tackle trachoma in Australia. Read more →

Farewell Vision 2020 Australia, but the journey continues

Farewell Vision 2020 Australia, but the journey continues

Jennifer Gersbeck

After 11.5 years as CEO of Vision 2020 Australia Jennifer Gersbeck is stepping down from the role. During her time at the helm, she has guided the organisation to the place that it is today, as the credible and respected national peak body for eye health and vision care. She reflects on her time with the organisation, the importance of collaboration and the next part of her journey as she continues to advocate for the elimination of avoidable blindness. Read more →

Q & A with Jane Edge

Q & A with Jane Edge

Jane Edge

Vision 2020 Australia talks to CEO of CBM Australia and Vision 2020 Australia Board member, Jane Edge, as she reflects on the importance of partnerships, a changing organisation and building disability inclusive communities. Read more →

Growing diabetes epidemic means more people are at risk of blindness

Growing diabetes epidemic means more people are at risk of blindness

Jennifer Gersbeck

On 7 April—World Health Day—the World Health Organisation (WHO) is shining a light on the rise of diabetes worldwide. While the epidemic is increasing rapidly in low and middle-income countries, Australia is not immune.  Read more →

Tackling diabetes in Indigenous communities with Indigenous doctors

Tackling diabetes in Indigenous communities with Indigenous doctors

As diabetes prevalence—and in turn diabetic eye disease—increases across Australia, Dr Justin Keevers is keen to tackle the scourge in Indigenous communities. The 29-year-old electrician-turned-doctor says while he grew up aware of the importance of physical activity, nutrition and regular check-ups, other Indigenous individuals aren’t so lucky.  Read more →

East Asia Vision Program comes to an end

East Asia Vision Program comes to an end

Nami Nelson

The 29 February marked the official final day of activities for the three-year East Asia Vision Program (EAVP) funded under the Australian Government’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative (ABI) and implemented by the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium. Read more →

Q&A with Jess Gallagher

Q&A with Jess Gallagher

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Vision 2020 Australia ambassador Jess Gallgher talks sport, travel, and why her philanthropic commitments mean so much.  Read more →

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