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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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The Global Consortium is changing lives

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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All eyes on the World Diabetes Congress

This week Melbourne welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world to the 22nd World Diabetes Congress.The five day Congress brings together leading health care professionals, experts in the field of diabetes as well as people with diabetes to discuss issues, share knowledge and raise awareness of diabetes.

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Finding their way-Orientation and Mobility Training in Timor-Leste

In Timor-Leste people with a disability continue to face many barriers to social and economic inclusion. The Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons, through the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium, has been delivering Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training courses in Timor-Leste since 2010 to help people who are blind or have low vision to increase their safety and independence.

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