Legacy of a visionary


The eye health and vision care sector has lost one of its most influential and passionate leaders with the sudden passing of Professor Brien Holden OAM, in Sydney overnight.

Professor Holden was a visionary and a driving force in the fight against avoidable blindness. He played an integral part in Vision 2020 Australia as a Founding Board Member and the former co-Chair, alongside Professor Hugh Taylor AC. 

Vision 2020 Australia’s CEO Jennifer Gersbeck says this sad loss will be felt far and wide. “The eye health and vision care sector is mourning a man who dedicated his life’s work to improving the lives of others.” 

“Brien’s legacy is immense and thankfully will continue on through his dedicated team at the Institute.”   

Vision 2020 Australia Board and staff are deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Holden and extend their condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

The Brien Holden Vision Institute have released a statement: Vision for everyone, everywhere…a legacy that will live on

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness has set up a tribute page for those wanting to leave comments and condolences.  


Media Contact

Louise Rudzki, Vision 2020 Australia, (03) 9656 2020, 0414 784 359,

About Vision 2020 Australia

Established in October 2000, Vision 2020 Australia is part of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

As the national peak body for the eye health and vision care sector, Vision 2020 Australia represents around 50 member organisations involved in: local and global eye care; health promotion; low vision support; vision rehabilitation; eye research; professional assistance; and community support.