This year has been an eventful and productive one for the sector. The lead up to the Federal Election was an opportune time to come together as a sector and bolster advocacy efforts, and the success of this collaboration can be seen in the many highlights throughout 2013.
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As Melbourne's third oldest hospital, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has witnessed many changes since it began, with five pounds and one bed, as the Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1863. Ann Clark, CEO of the Hospital writes about 150 years of caring in every sense.
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.
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.
Dr Graeme White, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, blogs about the innovative new ‘Watch out, cane about’ awareness campaign recently launched by the Guide Dogs organisations across Australia.
Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) leads the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia, launched earlier this year. We talk to General Jeffery about the Trust’s aims and work to date, as well some highlights in his long and distinguished career.
On World Sight Day, Vision 2020 Australia and the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC, launched the fantastic new Vision Initiative pilot projects aimed at saving the sight of thousands of Victorians. The new pilot projects aim to bring both health and eye health professionals together to identify those at risk of eye disease and vision loss, encouraging them to have regular eye tests.
Personally I have experienced the loss of my sight, I am now legally blind and to know there are millions who don't have to lose their sight makes the initiative of World Sight Day even more crucial and so close to my heart.
The most anticipated ophthalmic event of the year is nearly here! Now in its 45th year, RANZCO Congress is the largest event of its kind in Australia and New Zealand. It is held this year in my beautiful town of Hobart in Tasmania.
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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