After graduating as an orthoptist, Gabi took up a position at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. It was there she first met Fred Hollows, and a few years later, when Gabi was only 22, she joined him on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. Over three years, the team visited over 465 remote Indigenous communities and treated more than 100,000 people. She is Founding Director at the Fred Hollows organisation.
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the start of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. The program, run by the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology, set out to eliminate trachoma and other eye conditions in rural and remote communities and, for the first time, record the status of eye health in rural Australia. Gabi Hollows describes the ambitious project and her recent visit to the Oromia region in Ethiopia.
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