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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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04 Mar

Welcome Royal Commission recommendations to supporting older Australians with vision loss

Vision 2020 Australia has welcomed the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and is strongly supportive of recommendations that would address some of the major issues the sector has raised around current arrangements for older Australians living with blindness and vision loss. Key recommendations contained in the final report which […]

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03 Feb

Cataract waiting list in sights of vision care sector

Extended waiting lists for routine yet potentially eyesight-saving cataract surgery could be slashed under a plan proposed by the eye health and vision care sector in a submission to the 2021-22 Federal Budget. The Vison 2020 Australia submission calls for expanded delivery of public cataract surgery, along with the development and roll out of innovative […]

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13 Nov

Christopher Pyne focused on improving eye care for all Australians in key peak body role

The Hon Christopher Pyne has today been elected Chair of Vision 2020 Australia, the national organisation committed to preventing avoidable blindness and improving outcomes for people who are living with vision loss. Christopher brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and networks to this role. During his 26-year parliamentary career he led reforms across the Ageing, […]

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11 Nov

Amanda Vanstone ends term as Chair at Vision 2020 Australia AGM

The Hon Amanda Vanstone AO has concluded her six-year term as Chair of Vision 2020 Australia at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, held online on Wednesday 11 November 2020. Amanda’s tenure coincided with a period of significant change and strategic challenge and throughout it, she steered the Board with a consistent combination of laser-like focus […]

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05 Nov

AIHW data positive, but highlights work required to close the vision gap

The Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP has today launched the AIHW’s report: Indigenous eye health measures 2020. The report shows there has been measurable progress towards improving the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and closing the gap for vision. Some of the positive highlights of the report include: […]

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29 Oct

Australian of the Year Dr James Muecke delivers inaugural Barry Jones Vision Oration

Ophthalmologist, Australian of the Year and self-professed “social entrepreneur” Dr James Muecke AM delivered the inaugural Barry Jones Vision Oration to a broad, receptive online audience on Wednesday, 28 October. Dr Muecke spoke of his professional experience, alongside his personal journey, and how it shaped his approach to medicine, life and making a positive impact […]

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08 Oct

Don’t lose sight of your vision in 2020

Thursday 8 October is World Sight Day, and Vision 2020 Australia is calling on Australians to not lose sight of their vision in 2020. With around 90% of blindness and vision impairment preventable or treatable if detected early enough, now is the perfect time for to prioritise about your eye health – even during the […]

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