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29 Oct

Brien Holden honoured with humanitarian award

Professor Brien Holden has been awarded the inaugural Optometry Giving Sight Humanitarian Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution in support of global efforts to help eliminate avoidable blindness and impaired vision and reduce the disability, poverty and lack of opportunity associated with vision loss.

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25 Oct

Universal eye health action plan endorsed in WHO high-level meeting

To help eliminate avoidable blindness as a public health problem, the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific has reviewed and endorsed the draft action plan Towards Universal Eye Health: A Regional Action Plan for the Western Pacific (2014–2019).

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23 Oct

Sector makes World Sight Day a day to remember

Vision 2020 Australia has been calling for the eye health and vision care sector to get behind World Sight Day over the past few years, and in 2013 this call was well and truly answered with the theme Universal Eye Health and the call to action of ‘Get Your Eyes Tested’ spread far and wide! Our members called on their own members and, together with Members of Parliament, took to traditional and social media to fly the flag for World Sight Day on Thursday, 10 October.

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10 Oct

A Vision for All to See: A report on global eye health and vision care

Today marks World Sight Day, an annual day to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. In support of this effort, Brien Holden Vision Institute releases A Vision for All to See: A report on global eye health and vision care, aimed to raise awareness of the impending crisis of myopia and presbyopia and to create a call to action that prioritises this growing issue.

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06 Sep

Coalition funding for Guide Dogs Victoria

Guide Dogs Victoria welcomes the announcement of $2 million dollars in funding to upgrade their veterinary clinic, custom boarding kennels and breeding centre in Kew.

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07 Aug

Global Action Plan paves way for Regional Plan!

As a result of excellent advocacy work by a range of IAPB members, the new World Health Organisation Universal eye health: a global action plan 2014-19 was endorsed at the World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva in May. This is a major milestone for global eye health!

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07 Aug

Vision 2020 Australia gears up for World Sight Day

Vision 2020 Australia is once again preparing for World Sight Day (WSD), which this year falls on Thursday 10 October. The theme for 2013 is ‘Universal Eye Health’ which was born out of the new Global Action Plan launched earlier this year. The Action Plan’s purpose is to increase access to comprehensive eye care services that are integrated into health systems, and reduce avoidable blindness and vision impairment by 25 per cent by 2019.

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07 Aug

Vision Summits facilitate conversation with Government and Opposition

With the sector’s eyes firmly on the looming Federal Election, Vision 2020 Australia and its member organisations have been campaigning to ensure eye health remains on the agenda of both the Australian Labor Party and the Coalition. On 9 July Vision 2020 Australia held a Vision Summit with the Coalition and last Wednesday a second summit was held with representatives from the Australian Government. More than 40 CEOs from leading eye health and vision care organisations across Australia attended each of the summits to ask questions of federal parliamentarians.

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11 Jul

Government and ABC fail to deliver on accessible TV for Australia’s blind

Blind Citizens Australia, on behalf of people who are blind or vision impaired, has today lodged 21 complaints of disability discrimination with the Australian Human Rights Commission against the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and the Federal Government for its failure to provide fully accessible content on Australian television. All complaints call for the Federal Government to commit ongoing funding to provide a minimum of 14 hours of audio described content per week.

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11 Jun

Funding boost by AusAID for optometry faculty development

Following the success of last year’s Australia Awards Fellowship, hosted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute, funding has been awarded again by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to run the Fellowship in 2013, providing a sizeable boost to global optometry faculty development. This year eighteen candidates will join the Fellowship program in Australia from the Western Pacific and South Asian regions – including Fiji, India, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Vietnam.

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