This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the start of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. The program, run by the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology, set out to eliminate trachoma and other eye conditions in rural and remote communities and, for the first time, record the status of eye health in rural Australia. Gabi Hollows describes the ambitious project and her recent visit to the Oromia region in Ethiopia.
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Following the #Get2020 Conference in Sydney, Daniel Suggit from NACCHO guest blogs on taking a community-led approach to eliminating trachoma in Australia.
With the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 meeting in Sydney this week, Vision 2020 Australia talks to Professor Hugh Taylor AC on what we are doing to tackle trachoma in Australia.
After 11.5 years as CEO of Vision 2020 Australia Jennifer Gersbeck is stepping down from the role. During her time at the helm, she has guided the organisation to the place that it is today, as the credible and respected national peak body for eye health and vision care. She reflects on her time with the organisation, the importance of collaboration and the next part of her journey as she continues to advocate for the elimination of avoidable blindness.
Vision 2020 Australia talks to CEO of CBM Australia and Vision 2020 Australia Board member, Jane Edge, as she reflects on the importance of partnerships, a changing organisation and building disability inclusive communities.
On 7 April—World Health Day—the World Health Organisation (WHO) is shining a light on the rise of diabetes worldwide. While the epidemic is increasing rapidly in low and middle-income countries, Australia is not immune.
As diabetes prevalence—and in turn diabetic eye disease—increases across Australia, Dr Justin Keevers is keen to tackle the scourge in Indigenous communities. The 29-year-old electrician-turned-doctor says while he grew up aware of the importance of physical activity, nutrition and regular check-ups, other Indigenous individuals aren’t so lucky.
The 29 February marked the official final day of activities for the three-year East Asia Vision Program (EAVP) funded under the Australian Government’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative (ABI) and implemented by the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium.
Vision 2020 Australia ambassador Jess Gallgher talks sport, travel, and why her philanthropic commitments mean so much.
It's been an amazing journey conducting the National Eye Health Survey, with many challenges, but also joys in giving some people their very first eye exam.
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