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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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24 Aug

Australian Government Style Manual update

The Australian Government has recently released a public Beta version of its Style Manual, which is the authoritative source of rules and guidance for government writing and editing. Before releasing the Live product, the public is being asked to test the Manual and provide feedback. The new Style Manual includes a focus on inclusive language – especially […]

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21 Aug

New guidelines for the rights of people with disability during COVID-19

New guidelines to support the rights of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic have been released today by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett. The Australian Human Rights Commission developed the Guidelines on the rights of people with disability in health and disability care during COVID-19 to assist health care, disability services and support workers take […]

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12 Aug

Optometry Australia survey results highlight impact of COVID-19 on optometry

Whilst we appreciate that there is general fatigue about COVID-19, the ongoing and varying restrictions around the country are a stark reminder that this pandemic is not over and its impact on our sector continues. A recent snap-poll that we conducted via our website around working conditions, indicates that it will probably be some time […]

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11 Aug

VisAbility launches Sighted Guide video

Do you ever feel awkward knowing how to best assist people with vision loss? If so, you’re not alone. It’s natural to feel you may be restricting someone’s independence by guiding them to get around. With this in mind VisAbility has produced a new ‘Sighted Guide video’ which comes complete with audio description. It was […]

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04 Aug

New WHA resolution on eye health adopted

The World Health Assembly has adopted a resolution for ‘Integrated people-centred eye care, including preventable blindness and impaired vision’. Led by Australia and Indonesia and co-sponsored by 47 countries, the resolution sets the global agenda for eye health for the decade to 2030, committing to a plan to make eye care an integral part of […]

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02 Aug

Vitamin B3 shows promise for glaucoma patients in world-first clinical trial

A world-first clinical trial led by the Centre for Eye Research Australia has shown that vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) could play an important role in protecting against nerve cell damage that leads to blindness in glaucoma. Results of the trial, led by Professor Jonathan Crowston and Dr Flora Hui at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, […]

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08 Jul

Ideal Accessible Communications Roadmap

Earlier this year the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) sought feedback about what a fully accessible communications sector would look like.

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