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Event Showcases Rising Stars in Eye Health and Vision Care

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Rising Stars in Eye Health and Vision Care, an initiative of Vision 2020 Australia and its member organisations, will showcase the sector’s leading early-career professionals to parliamentarians and policy decision makers.

More than 30 Rising Stars across optometry, ophthalmology, low vision and rehabilitation have been chosen by professional organisations to be part of the event. They will have a platform to share their vision for the future of the sector at the cocktail evening at Parliament House on Tuesday 12 September.

The event will also see around 150 attendees, including representatives from sector organisations and the Australian Government, come together to discuss the importance of workforce development and empowering young professionals.

Carla Northam, CEO of Vision 2020 Australia, says: ‘We are proud to partner with Guide Dogs Victoria, Optometry Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, and Vision Australia for this event.

‘Australia is a world leader in eye health and vision care, and early-career professionals in this field are at the forefront of international efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness and ensure community participation for people who are blind or vision impaired.

‘This event is a wonderful opportunity for parliamentarians to meet with the Rising Stars, who will share the latest advances, technological achievements and developments in eye health and vision care.

‘Early-career professionals represent the future of the sector, and it is important they are given a voice to share the issues they are passionate about.’

ENDS

For more information: Ellie Cooper at Vision 2020 Australia

03 9656 2020, 0401 096 507 or ecooper@vision2020australia.org.au

About Vision 2020 Australia

As the national peak body for the eye health and vision care sector, Vision 2020 Australia represents around 50 member organisations involved in local and global eye care, health promotion, low vision support, vision rehabilitation, eye research, professional assistance, and community support. Established in October 2000, Vision 2020 Australia is part of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

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