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A giant step towards better health for people with disabilities

A giant step towards better health for people with disabilities

Braedan Hogan

The World Health Assembly has adopted the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Disability Action Plan 2014 – 2021.  Read more →

Vision 2014: Seizing the Opportunity

Vision 2014: Seizing the Opportunity

Bob McMullan

IAPB President, Bob McMullan, blogs about why he issued a 'call to arms' in his closing remarks at the 11th International Conference on Low Vision earlier this month. Read more →

Living with Retinitis Pigmentosa

Living with Retinitis Pigmentosa

Brandon Ah Tong

Brandon Ah Tong Director of Policy and Advocacy at Vision 2020 Australia blogs about his journey with Retinitis Pigmentosa. Read more →

Why quality of life research matters

Why quality of life research matters

Dr Sharon Bentley

“It is incumbent upon clinicians and researchers working in the low vision and blindness sector to find out what quality of life means for an individual with vision impairment” Read more →

International conference focuses attention on low vision

International conference focuses attention on low vision

Jennifer Gersbeck

Last week hundreds of members of the global low vision community converged in Melbourne for the 11th International Conference on Low Vision. Read more →

RANZCO Fellows on the global stage

RANZCO Fellows on the global stage

Gerhard Schlenther

This week the cherry blossoms in Tokyo welcome Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and other ophthalmologists from around the world for the opening of the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC). Read more →

What’s happening in foreign aid? A brief overview and analysis for the eye health sector

What’s happening in foreign aid? A brief overview and analysis for the eye health sector

Courtney Saville

Just last week, the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee released a report from the Inquiry into Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program. Here is a brief overview and analysis for the eye health sector. Read more →

Stem cell research a game changer in fight against blindness

Stem cell research a game changer in fight against blindness

Dr Raymond Wong

Every day when I come to work at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, based in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, I see many patients suffering from different eye diseases. Some of them have low vision; some of them are legally blind. Often I ask myself the same question: can my research with stem cells help these patients? Read more →

Vision Initiative Pilot Projects: all systems go!

Vision Initiative Pilot Projects: all systems go!

The Vision Initiative team

It was only a few months ago that the Vision Initiative Pilot Projects were launched by Vision 2020 Australia and the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC in Melbourne. Since then, it has been all systems go for the Vision Initiative team.  Read more →

Vision Australia staff trained to manage depressive symptoms using problem-solving therapy

Vision Australia staff trained to manage depressive symptoms using problem-solving therapy

Edith Holloway

Depression is a serious health concern in Australia and affects approximately 1 in 3 individuals with low vision. For a person who has a vision impairment, depression can lead to increased levels of disability, reduced quality of life and interfere with and restrict rehabilitation outcomes (such as the use of optical devices and aids). Read more →

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