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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 →

Improving the health & wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Improving the health & wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Jaki Adams-Barton

Jaki Adams-Barton, new Chair of the Vision 2020 Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee, blogs about her work as Manager of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program and her commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read more →

Q&A with John Howie

Q&A with John Howie

John Howie

We welcome John Howie to the Vision 2020 Australia Board and talk to him about his passion for the law, arts and sport and what inspired him to join the eye health and vision care sector. Read more →

Untangling the relationship between glucose and blood vessel function in the eye

Untangling the relationship between glucose and blood vessel function in the eye

Jonathan Noonan

My younger brother was four years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus. A previously well child, there were no obvious signs that his pancreas was under an insidious attack from his own immune system until his insulin ran out and he experienced dangerously high blood glucose levels. Like the diabetes itself, the complications of diabetes are hard to detect until considerable damage has already been done. Read more →

GBD is good news!

GBD is good news!

Peter Ackland

Peter Ackland, CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) blogs about the 'good news' that is found in the Global Burden of Disease data. Read more →

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