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26 Sep

NDIA Announces New Board Chair, Board Members and Chief Executive

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Bill Shorten, today announced a new Chair and Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and a new CEO for the agency. Australian Paralympic legend and disability advocate Kurt Fearnley AO has been appointed Chair of the Board of the NDIA. The NDIA Board will also welcome […]

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27 May

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) message from The Hon Christopher Pyne

This week, we launched our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference in Larrakia Country. This is a first and milestone step towards our commitment to reconciliation and reducing current inequities in eye health and vision for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. We want to become […]

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25 May

Vision 2020 Urges New Parliament To Prioritise Eye Care Reform

Australia’s peak eye health body Vision 2020 Australia is calling on the incoming Labor government and the large crossbench to prioritise equitable and high-quality eye-care access for all Australians immediately. Welcoming the new federal Labor government and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Vision 2020 Australia CEO Patricia Sparrow said the new parliament presented opportunities for positive […]

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16 May

Election 2022

Liberal – policy announcements  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health  Invest over $4.6 billion to prioritise and improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, focusing on improving health infrastructure and providing better support for maternal and antenatal care, aged care and mental health services.  Implement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan.  Invest […]

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13 May

Myopia awareness week 2022: Make Your Eye Moves

Globally, myopia is a leading cause of avoidable vision loss, especially in children. It is estimated that 50 percent of the world’s population will have Myopia by the year 2050. There is some early evidence that with the huge increase in screen time during the COVID-19 pandemic, several studies suggest that smart device exposure might […]

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08 Mar

Vision 2020 Australia celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day has occurred for well over a century and is now a central point for action to build support for women’s rights and full participation in life. The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether […]

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12 Jan

Look after your eyes during summer

Australians are usually aware of the dangers that UV rays can cause to the skin, but not the risks to their eyes. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels can be up to three times higher during summer than in winter. All UV eye exposure, regardless as to how short, adds up in the long term. It is […]

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27 Oct

New research highlights need to address cataract surgery wait times

Research published today shows the true cost of cataract surgery waiting times, with analysis suggesting reducing waiting times would result in estimated public health system cost savings of $6.6 million due to a reduction in the number of avoidable falls. Published in Public Health Research & Practice, a journal of the Sax Institute, the analysis has […]

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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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