Australian Trachoma Alliance

The Australian Trachoma Alliance (ATA) is a partnership between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) at the University of Melbourne, The Fred Hollows Foundation and Vision 2020 Australia. 
 
The ATA was formed by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia, which is led by Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), with the aim of eliminating trachoma in Indigenous communities. Trustees chose to focus their work on trachoma in Australia in response to international targets to eradicate the disease by the year 2020. 
 
In 2015 the ATA launched the Safe Eyes Program which has been trialled in three remote communities in central Australia: Yalata in South Australia, Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia and Utju in the Northern Territory. The aim of the program is to facilitate community-led solutions to reducing the spread of trachoma by delivering key health, hygiene and lifestyle messages and assist with the improvement of public amenities and health facilities.
 

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust 

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation established in 2012 to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth.  The Trust works with a range of Commonwealth partners including the Australian Government with the aim of eliminating avoidable blindness in every Commonwealth country.
 
The Trust is working to strengthen the eye health and vision care sector throughout the Commonwealth and is focussing its work on three major causes of avoidable blindness:
  • Trachoma
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
To help address the eye care needs of people across the Commonwealth the Trust has also established the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium to draw on the knowledge and expertise of eye health professionals and provide a programme of fellowships, research and technology.

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