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12 Oct

VisAbility social worker announced as winner in Australian Allied Health Awards

VisAbility Social Worker Marija Clark has been named Australian Social Worker of the Year in the prestigious Australian Allied Health Awards. Marija has worked for VisAbility for 23 years. She has dedicated her working life to helping those with low or no vision. “To say I was surprised is an understatement. I hadn’t prepared an […]

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10 Sep

Breaking Down the Attitude Barrier to Employment

A survey by Vision Australia has found that 83% of employers “lack confidence” in hiring a person who is blind or has low vision. Misconceptions about their capabilities remain one of the biggest reasons why the full-time employment rate for this cohort, as of 2018, was just 24%. This is despite the fact that people who […]

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21 May

Government aged care reforms and implications for the sector

In the latest federal budget, the government has committed almost $18 billion to facilitate massive changes in the Aged Care system. The government accepted 126 of the 148 recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in its final report earlier this year. Some of the upcoming reforms, to be delivered […]

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03 May

Eye sector comes together to set collaborative research priorities

The Australian eye health and vision care sector has a vibrant research community, with a number of organisations and individuals involved in a wide variety of work, often at the forefront of international science. In an effort to increase investment in eye research and raise the profile of the sector’s work, Vision 2020 Australia brought […]

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26 Apr

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference – The Gap and Beyond

The 2021 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference – The Gap and Beyond (NATSIEHC) took place on April 20-22. Held via an online platform, and hosted by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit of the University of Melbourne and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), the conference brought together over 230 […]

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23 Apr

Vision 2020 Australia meets with new Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds

On 15 April 2021, the Vision 2020 Australia Chair and some Adelaide-based sector representatives had the opportunity to meet with the new Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds. The meeting occurred on the day that the Minister had advised that introduction of independent assessments had been paused while the current trial is […]

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23 Apr

Independent Assessments Rollout Paused

On Thursday, 15 April, the Disability Reform Council met for the first time with new Minister for the NDIS, the Hon Senator Linda Reynolds CSC. In that meeting, according to the official communique, ministers discussed “the concerns raised by the sector in relation to independent assessments and the importance of further comprehensive consultation with states […]

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01 Apr

Blind Citizens Australia taking the lead on disability leadership

One in seven people have a disability, but fewer than 1 in 14 of board level executives identify as a person with disability. Of those, 1 in 5 do not feel comfortable disclosing their disability to colleagues, according to a 2019 study by Ernst and Young and The Valuable. Whilst there is support for people […]

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26 Mar

Sector delegation meets with Prime Minister

Vision 2020 Australia was pleased to have the opportunity to recently meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to discuss priorities for the eye sector. Vision 2020 Australia Chair the Hon Christopher Pyne, David Andrews (RANZCO), Lyn Brodie (Optometry Australia), Nick Martin (Fred Hollows Foundation), Richard Tew (Novartis), Prof Hugh Taylor (Indigenous Eye Health, University of […]

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26 Feb

KeepSight Update

More than 137,000 people have now signed up to KeepSight, Australia’s national eye screening initiative for Australians living with diabetes. The program aims to ensure all people with diabetes access the clinically recommended diabetes eye checks and provides an opportunity to dramatically reduce rates of diabetes-related vision loss and blindness in Australia by facilitating early […]

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