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27 Mar

Setting Australia’s Sights: Vision 2020 sets the standard for preventing blindness

The eye health and vision care sector has called on all political parties to make blindness and vision impairment a national health priority, setting the standard of commitments required to tackle the 90% that is preventable. “90 percent of blindness and vision loss in Australia is preventable or treatable if detected early enough,” said Patricia […]

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07 Dec

Australia’s first Aboriginal ophthalmologist A/Prof Kris Rallah-Baker to deliver 2021 Barry Jones Vision Ovation

The second annual Barry Jones Vision Oration will be delivered by A/Prof. Kristopher Rallah-Baker, Australia’s first Aboriginal ophthalmologist. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions, the oration will be released as a pre-recorded video on Wednesday 8 December on the Vision 2020 Australia website. A proud Yuggera and Biri-Gubba man, A/Prof. Rallah-Baker is a highly […]

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10 Nov

2021 Vision 2020 Australia Annual General Meeting

Vision 2020 Australia’s 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Wednesday, 10 November 2021 online via Zoom, and the 2020-21 Annual Report can now be downloaded in PDF or accessible word formats on our website. At the AGM, Chair Christopher Pyne described Vision 2020 Australia as an organisation with sound financial management and governance, […]

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14 Oct

Half a million missed eye tests put Australians’ sight at risk

Analysis of the latest Medicare data shows the COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on eye health care. Between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2021, there were 516,906 less eye tests conducted nationally than in the previous 18-month period. This means that there are more than half a million Australians at greater risk […]

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01 Sep

Keeping a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and vision

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) has today launched its Indigenous eye health measures 2021 report which shows measurable progress towards improving the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report includes data from the 2019-20 year, which included the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. Despite […]

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19 Aug

Launch of the Australian Eye and Ear Health Survey

The Centre for Vision Research at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) have announced the Australian Eye and Ear Health Survey, the second national eye health survey sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Health. The survey will be delivered by WIMR and its partners, including Vision 2020 Australia member organisations Brien Holden Foundation […]

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12 Aug

Patricia Sparrow announced as next Vision 2020 Australia CEO

Vision 2020 Australia is pleased to announce that Ms Patricia Sparrow will be the next Chief Executive Officer of Vision 2020 Australia, commencing in the role on 27 September 2021. Ms Sparrow joins from the peak body for non-profit aged care providers, Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) where she has been CEO for the […]

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14 Jul

NDIS Minister announces Independent Assessments will not proceed

Independent assessments, which were intended to decide eligibility and funding for all NDIS participants, will not be introduced following a decision at the Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting on 9 July. This news was warmly welcomed by many Vision 2020 Australia members, who had expressed significant concerns that the original approach proposed to independent assessment would […]

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24 Jun

Celebrating 21 Years of Vision in Canberra

Vision 2020 Australia members from across the country gathered in Canberra this week with a number of MPs and other key stakeholders to mark the 21st birthday of the organisation with a celebratory dinner. Despite the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic it was great have more than 60 attendees from across the eye health […]

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15 Jun

A/Prof Heather Mack receives AM in Queens Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Vision 2020 Australia Board member Associate Professor Heather Mack (B Med Sc, MBBS, MBA, PhD, FRANZCO, GAICD), who was made a Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to ophthalmology, particularly to professional colleges” as part of the Queens Birthday Honours announced on 14 June 2021. In addition to her position […]

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