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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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.
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?
It was only a few months ago that the Vision Initiative Pilot Projects were launched by Vision 2020 Australia and the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC in Melbourne. Since then, it has been all systems go for the Vision Initiative team.
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).
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.
We welcome John Howie to the Vision 2020 Australia Board and talk to him about his passion for the law, arts and sport and what inspired him to join the eye health and vision care sector.
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.
Peter Ackland, CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) blogs about the 'good news' that is found in the Global Burden of Disease data.
Programs of the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium are having a profound impact on the lives of people living in Asia and the Pacific. Through extensive planning and collaborative program implementation, Consortium programs are reducing levels of blindness, building local capacity, strengthening infrastructure, and encouraging local buy-in to ensure all efforts are sustainable for years to come.
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