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26 Nov

Meeting of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap

On 17 November 2020, The Joint Council on Closing the Gap convened for the first time since the historic National Agreement on Closing the Gap came into effect on 27 July 2020. The Joint Council considered the responsibilities for the implementation of the National Agreement and heard updates from each jurisdiction about the establishment and […]

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17 Nov

Vision Initiative – Welcome Expo 2020

The City of Whittlesea held its annual Welcome expo, WEXPO Connect 2020, from 9-13 November, for residents who have recently arrived from overseas. Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration of cultural diversity, was held over a week in an online format. The focus of WEXPO is to welcome new migrants and to connect them to […]

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13 Nov

Australia commits $500m for COVID-19 vaccine in Pacific & South East Asia

Vision 2020 Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of an additional $500 million over three years to provide safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. The funding will be used to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses throughout the Indo-Pacific region and provide technical support to ensure vaccine safety, efficacy and quality […]

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30 Oct

New $100 bill marks historic milestone for Australian currency

A historic milestone has been reached in Australia, with all denominations of Australian banknotes now accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. The next generation of Australia’s $100 banknote was today released into public circulation by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Like all new banknotes released by the RBA since 2016, […]

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16 Oct

UNSW partners with Guide Dogs to offer postgraduate qualification

UNSW and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT today announced a partnership that will give postgraduate students the opportunity to gain a graduate diploma qualification in the field of Orientation and Mobility. Orientation and Mobility specialists are trained in teaching skills to people with blindness or low vision to help them move around their home or local area […]

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12 Oct

RANZCO welcomes new President and launches the Heather G Mack Scholarship for Women

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Council met via Zoom on Saturday 10 October 2020. The main orders of business were the approval of the College’s 2021-2023 Strategic Plan the approval of the College’s first-ever Sustainability Charter. Both these documents, plus the annual report are available on the RANZCO website. The […]

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25 Sep

Karen Hayes appointed to International Guide Dog Federation Board

We are pleased to announce that Karen Hayes, CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria, was last night elected as a member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) Board. The IGDF is the most significant peak body for Guide Dogs associations globally and this year, a number of IGDF Board Members retired and submissions for new […]

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22 Sep

Lions Eye Institute welcomes funding commitment from the WA Government 

A significant funding commitment from the Western Australian Government towards the new North West Hub in Broome will play a key role in revolutionising the provision of eye health care across the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Yesterday, the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) welcomed the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan MLA and Minister for Health, Mr […]

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16 Sep

Luxturna becomes first ever TGA approved gene therapy

In a landmark decision, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved use of the first ever gene therapy in Australia. Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec) is now registered in Australia, for the treatment of patients with inherited retinal dystrophy caused by pathological biallelic RPE65 mutations, who have sufficient viable retinal cells as determined by the treating physician. Luxturna […]

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02 Sep

50 per cent of people living with diabetes are missing out on diabetes eye checks to prevent blindness

A new University of Sydney study has found only half of people living with diabetes get the recommended diabetes eye checks putting them at risk of significant vision loss and blindness. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age Australians. All people with diabetes are at risk of diabetes related retinopathy which causes […]

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