Clinical trials have commenced at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) to test laser therapy for stopping the development of age-related macular degeneration – a condition that causes blindness. Clinical Trial Coordinator for the Laser for Early Age-related macular Degeneration (LEAD) study, Emily Caruso, blogs about the research trial.
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Acut Risya Firlana from Aceh, Indonesia, blogs about her three week placement at Vision 2020 Australia as part of the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP). Sponsored by the Australia-Indonesia Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AIYEP is run in conjunction with the Indonesian Government’s State Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport.
Naomi Thomson, Global Consortium Program Manager, and Courtney Saville, Global Advocacy Assistant at Vision 2020 Australia blog about the recent Pacific Reflections and Planning Workshop held in Suva, Fiji.
Natalie Kaine, an Occupational Therapist based in Vision Australia’s Sydney office, blogs about using video conferencing to connect with her clients in regional and remote NSW.
Komal Ram, Regional Project Manager for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Western Pacific Region, blogs about her recent trip to Fiji where she visited and accompanied a surveillance team as part of the Pacific Elimination of Trachoma Program.
Jess Gallagher and I arrived home on Sunday, 21 October after an eventful week in Vietnam! Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday (13/10) was an assault on our senses — smells, sounds and sights. After being picked up by Phoung (Brien Holden Vision Institute) we checked into our hotel and headed out for dinner. Jess tried everything — I didn’t! After a quick look around the city, we headed to Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, a three hour drive south-west towards the sea.
My trip here to Vietnam with Vision 2020 Australia has already been an incredible one and we are only at day three. I have been able to experience firsthand the amazing work that has been achieved and I am incredibly excited for this journey to continue.
Last Thursday was an extra special day here at Vision 2020 Australia. Not only did we celebrate World Sight Day (WSD) with our friends across the world but we also had the opportunity to recognise the decade of dedication our Chair, the Hon Dr Barry Jones AO, has given to preventing avoidable blindness and vision loss.
Georgia Savage of WaterAid Australia blogs about her time at the NGDO NTD Network Conference in Sydney, discussing ways to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) into the prevention and control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
According to the latest WHO report on disability, over one billion people in the world live with disabilities and about 80 per cent of these people live in developing countries. There exists a strong undeniable direct link between disability and poverty.
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