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16 Nov

New tool for health professionals in the fight against smoking-related eye diseases

A new eye health resource has been launched this week to assist health professionals in helping patients understand the link between smoking and eye disease.

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05 Nov

Pacific eye health in focus at regional meeting in Fiji

 Australian and Pacific eye health and vision care experts and organisations will come together over three days this week to discuss the state of eye health in the Pacific.

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30 Oct

Let’s talk about the NDIS

Work continues on ensuring low vision is represented in the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).The Low Vision and Rehabilitation Committee (LVRC) met on 5 September 2012 and endorsed the committee’s proposed Advocacy Platform and Action Plan. Guest speaker, Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector, commented on the Coalition’s intention, should it win government, to establish a Joint Parliamentary Committee to oversee implementation of the proposed NDIS. Members of the Low Vision and Rehabilitation Committee have written a letter to Senator Fifield supporting the concept of a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

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30 Oct

New initiative to prevent diabetic vision loss

A new $250,000 Vision Initiative partnership project between Vision 2020 Australia, Diabetes Australia – Vic and the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes was announced by the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MP on the 7 October.

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30 Oct

Global Ambassador visits Vietnam

Global Ambassador, Jess Gallagher, has recently returned from Vietnam where she witnessed first-hand the projects that are making a difference to hundreds of thousands of blind and vision impaired people. In her official role as Vision 2020 Australia Global Ambassador for Australia’s efforts to overcome avoidable blindness and vision impairment, Jess joined Vision 2020 Australia CEO Jennifer Gersbeck in a week-long trip to see how Australia’s Global Consortium projects were changing lives.

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30 Oct

World Sight Day a Success

World Sight Day (WSD) celebrated on 11 October this year, was a huge success, largely due to the support of government, Vision 2020 Australia members, supporters and champions, as well as wide media coverage of WSD events. With a strong theme for this year’s campaign – that 75% of blindness and vision loss is preventable or treatable – the key message was spread far and wide.

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25 Oct

Invest in your future – get yours eyes checked

From Pakistan to Papua New Guinea, South Africa to Vietnam and Cambodia, the message is going out across the world that our eyesight is vital to our health and well-being and getting your eyes checked regularly is one of the best investments you can make in your future.

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01 Oct

Barry Jones at 80- The Melbourne Magazine October 2012

The Hon Dr Barry Jones AO, Chair of Vision 2020 Australia was recently featured The Melbourne Magazine. Dr Jones discusses politics, eye health and his work with Vision 2020 Australia.

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23 Aug

Prime Minister’s speech at Fred Hollows Foundation book launch

Read Prime Minister Julia Gillard's speech at the launch of 'In Fred's Footsteps: 20 years of restoring sight' at Parliament House, Canberra.

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21 Aug

ICEE changing name to Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation

From 3 September 2012, ICEE will be known as the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation to celebrate its long-standing partnership with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, its founding supporter and partner, and eye health and vision care research non-profit organisation. By aligning the two organisations, the Foundation and Institute will work closely to harness their networks, expertise and resources, and together, achieve much more.

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