From the slums of PNG to life-changing outreach work

Eye Health Hero Samuel Koim went from being among the country’s top performing students studying law at university to living in one of Papua New Guinea’s most notorious slums. Now the 25 year old is using his experience as motivation to help prevent avoidable blindness and improve the lives of those who are vision impaired. 

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Seeing the bigger picture: Disability Inclusion in eye health programs

In a tiny rural community high in the mountains of Timor-Leste I sit on a rickety old wooden bench among a group of elderly Timorese. They wait patiently and excitedly, creating a buzz of chatter and curiosity. The mobile eye clinic has arrived and the team are setting up. The mountain is so high that we are sitting above the clouds, but what lies hidden from view is a tiny village without electricity; without running water; without a health clinic and with only one classroom.

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Q&A with Lisa Briggs

In the fourth interview of our Q&A series Vision 2020 Australia talks to The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation’s (NACCHO) CEO, Lisa Briggs, about Investing in Healthy Futures for generational change: NACCHO 10 Point Plan 2013-2030, comprehensive primary health care and the people who have inspired her during her career. Ms Briggs has a wealth of experience in the field of Aboriginal health, predominantly within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector.

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Q&A with Brian Doolan (CEO, The Fred Hollows Foundation)

In the third interview of our Q&A series, Vision 2020 Australia talks to The Fred Hollows Foundation CEO, Brian Doolan about The Foundation’s recent win of The Australian Charity of the Year award, principles for running an effective charity business and key projects in Indigenous Australia and abroad.

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Q&A with Dr Penny Allen

In the second interview of our Q&A series, Vision 2020 Australia talks to Dr. Penny Allen about the amazing Bionic Eye Project currently running in pilot phase. Dr. Allen is an ophthalmologist in the medical and vitreoretinal unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH); a medical retina and vitreoretinal surgeon on staff at The Alfred; and Program Leader, Surgical Program at Bionic Vision Australia. She is also an associate at the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

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Q&A with Professor Hugh Taylor

In the first of a number of interviews with influential members of the eye health and vision care community, Vision 2020 Australia talks to Professor Hugh Taylor AC about closing the gap for vision in Indigenous Australia. A Melbourne Laureate Professor, Hugh Taylor also holds the Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health and is the lead of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. Read on as Professor Taylor opens up about his current research on trachoma, the importance of national coordination in the area of Indigenous eye health policy, the Melbourne Football Club, and his love of opera!

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Pacific Elimination of Trachoma Program

Komal Ram, Regional Project Manager for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Western Pacific Region, blogs about her recent trip to Fiji where she visited and accompanied a surveillance team as part of the Pacific Elimination of Trachoma Program.

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