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New laser treatment trial shows promise for age-related macular degeneration

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’s visit as part of the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program

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.

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Pacific Elimination of Trachoma Program

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.

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Jennifer’s Vietnam Highlights

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.

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Day three: Jess Gallagher’s Vietnam Experience

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.

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Ending the Cycle of poverty and disability

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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