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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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18 Feb

The Fred Hollows Foundation announces new Director

  The Fred Hollows Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Jane Madden to join its Board this month. Chair John Brumby said he was pleased to have a new Director with Ms Madden’s outstanding experience. “Jane is a Senior Executive with a passion for international development and more than 25 years’ experience across […]

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12 Feb

The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: VISION Beyond 2020

The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health will be launched this month. The report, which examines new and existing research in eye health, has been informed by 73 experts from 25 countries globally. By looking at global development, economics, healthcare systems, equity and the workforce, the Commission aims to inform governments, communities, and […]

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12 Feb

Vision 2020 Australia Members Advocate for International Eye Health Investment

Did you know that Australia’s nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea (PNG), has some of the highest rates of blindness in the world? Vision 2020 Australia members working in global health have continued to advocate for the Australian government to invest in targeted initiatives to enhance eye health in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The Australian Council […]

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29 Jan

Getting Back on Track with diabetes

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) has launched the Back on Track campaign to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with type 2 diabetes to reengage with their diabetes healthcare teams and their diabetes management in 2021. The campaign is funded through the NDSS, an Australian Government initiative administered by Diabetes Australia. Research found […]

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10 Dec

Avoidable blindness – A growing burden

Up-to-date global and regional estimates of vision loss have recently been published in the Lancet Global Health by the Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG). The research reviewed population-based surveys of eye disease from 1980 to 2018 and compared them to the World Health Assembly Global Action Plan (WHA GAP) target of a 25% global reduction from […]

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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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