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13 Jul

Peak health groups welcome government funding for new National Diabetes Eye Screening Program to prevent blindness

Leading diabetes and eye health groups today applauded the Australian Government funding announcement for a new national diabetes eye screening program to reduce vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes. Read more →

08 Jul

Failure to detect type 2 diabetes early costing $700 million per year

Diabetes Australia has warned that failure to implement a comprehensive national type 2 diabetes early detection program could be costing the Australian health system more than $700 million each year. Read more →

28 Jun

New Program to Improve Access to Print Materials

It has just been announced that VisAbility is one of two service providers to be included in the Federal Government’s Print Disability Services Program for 2018-2021. Read more →

28 Jun

Building Better Beginnings with Braille

On Tuesday 20 March, the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) and VisAbility launched the Baby Ways Touch and Feel Backpacks in celebration of World Storytelling Day. The new backpacks are a result of a five year collaboration ensuring that all Western Australian newborns receive free, accessible and tactile reading resources.  Read more →

25 Jun

Vision impairment expert recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Dr Frances Gentle AO was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to those with vision loss in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Dr Gentle works as a lecturer in vision impairment at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre, a leading centre for research and professional studies in the field of education for children with sensory disabilities. Read more →

19 Jun

Partnership puts new focus on sensory disabilities

In a first for Macquarie University and Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), a new partnership has been established to foster research and professional studies in the field of education for people with sensory disabilities.   Read more →

13 Jun

Members and stakeholders invited to participate in workshops aimed at taking control of the future of optometry

Optometry Australia is inviting all members and sector stakeholders to attend one of seven Optometry 2040 workshops being held in capital cities throughout Australia. Read more →

01 Jun

Australian scientists discover that a common virus resides in healthy eyes and triggers long-lasting inflammation

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) have discovered that contrary to expectations, a common virus triggers long-lasting inflammation in the eyes of hosts with a healthy immune system. Read more →

28 May

Australians missing out on audio description

Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield continues Australia’s shameful track record of keeping Australians who are blind or vision-impaired waiting to find out when they will have the right to enjoy the full experience of television which sighted viewers take for granted. Read more →

28 May

Urgent action on out-of-pocket expenses required for private health to remain viable

Private Healthcare Australia Chief Executive Dr Rachel David has called for a whole-of-sector commitment to increase transparency and tackle escalating out-of-pocket costs faced by consumers in the private health sector.  Read more →

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