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RANZCO Fellows on the global stage

This week the cherry blossoms in Tokyo welcome Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and other ophthalmologists from around the world for the opening of the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC).

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What’s happening in foreign aid? A brief overview and analysis for the eye health sector

Just last week, the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee released a report from the Inquiry into Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program. Here is a brief overview and analysis for the eye health sector.

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Stem cell research a game changer in fight against blindness

Every day when I come to work at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, based in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, I see many patients suffering from different eye diseases. Some of them have low vision; some of them are legally blind. Often I ask myself the same question: can my research with stem cells help these patients?

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Vision Australia staff trained to manage depressive symptoms using problem-solving therapy

Depression is a serious health concern in Australia and affects approximately 1 in 3 individuals with low vision. For a person who has a vision impairment, depression can lead to increased levels of disability, reduced quality of life and interfere with and restrict rehabilitation outcomes (such as the use of optical devices and aids).

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Improving the health & wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Jaki Adams-Barton, new Chair of the Vision 2020 Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee, blogs about her work as Manager of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program and her commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Untangling the relationship between glucose and blood vessel function in the eye

My younger brother was four years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus. A previously well child, there were no obvious signs that his pancreas was under an insidious attack from his own immune system until his insulin ran out and he experienced dangerously high blood glucose levels. Like the diabetes itself, the complications of diabetes are hard to detect until considerable damage has already been done.

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