Eye Health Hero Dr Huynh Tan Phuc always dreamed of becoming a doctor. Huynh’s dream came true. Graduating as a general surgeon in 1988, he went to work at the district hospital in Da Nang city before travelling to Ho Chi Minh City to study for the ophthalmology specialisation.
Eye Health Hero Dr Kathy Davidson never thought she would see stem cell therapy come to fruition in her lifetime. But after spending the last eighteen months working on an intensive research project to discover the cause of age-related macular degeneration, she is hopeful that stem cell technology will soon be delivering astounding results.
Eye Health Hero David Woodbridge loves his job as an Adaptive Technology Consultant at Vision Australia where he helps improve the quality of life or independance of people who are blind or vision impaired through the use of adaptive technology.
Eye Health Hero Dr Nguyen Chi Dzung has worked tirelessly for the past 35 years to save the sight of millions of Vietnamese children, successfully tackling pandemic eye diseases, such as xerophthalmia from vitamin A deficiency, trachoma and vision impairment due to refractive error.
Optometrist Susan Kalff understands the value of sight more than most of us. After a lifetime of looking after people’s eyesight, she knows that it’s something none of us should take for granted. “If people can see, they can still engage with the world, and that’s the difference my work makes,” she says.
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.
Eye Health Hero Aunty Mary Hooker has been travelling around the country visiting Aboriginal communities to express how important it is to prevent diabetes and blindness.
Eye Health Hero Dr Alex Hewitt is discovering treatments to beat blindness and says it will be game-changing for millions of people around the world.
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.
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.