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06 Feb

Vision 2020 Australia welcomes investment in eye health research

As the national peak body for the eye health and vision care sector, Vision 2020 Australia is thrilled with today’s announcement that the Australian Government has awarded $35 million to progress bioengineered cornea research. Funded under the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), it represents a record investment in the prevention of blindness in Australia, and […]

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11 Dec

Blind and low vision sector supports NDIS Review recommendations

Vision 2020 Australia and Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) welcome the release of the NDIS Review and support the proposed next steps to ensure the NDIS and broader system supports deliver equitable access and participation for people with disability. This position is also supported and endorsed by the following Vision 2020 Australia members: Vision Australia, Guide […]

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17 Mar

NSW falls flat on vital eye surgery

With the NSW election a week away, Vision 2020 Australia is calling on all sides of politics to commit to implementing meaningful solutions to current eye health issues affecting the state. Vision 2020 CEO, Carly Iles said the organisation is campaigning for a reduction in waiting times for cataract surgery, which are the worst in […]

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23 Feb

Vision 2020 Australia welcomes $620 million Indo-Pacific funding

Vision 2020 Australia CEO, Carly Iles, has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of the Partnerships for a Healthy Region program. The Australian Government will allocate $620 million funding for health system improvement in the Pacific and Southeast Asia across five years. Ms Iles said the announcement was excellent news and one that acknowledges the sustained […]

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14 Feb

2023 Barry Jones Vision Oration speaker announcement

Now in it’s third year, the annual Barry Jones Vision Oration is an event to recognise an outstanding Australian who has worked tirelessly to either eliminate preventable blindness and vision loss as well as to ensure the full participation in society of people who are blind or have low vision. This year it is proudly […]

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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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