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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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26 Jun

Audio Description launched on free-to-air TV

Following an extensive advocacy campaign by the blindness and low vision sector, Audio Description (AD) will be launched on public broadcasters the ABC and SBS this month, providing greater access to content for Australians who are blind or vision impaired. From 28 June, both broadcasters will provide 14 hours of audio-described programming each week across […]

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14 Feb

The Brien Holden Foundation continues its ground-breaking eye care program in Africa

2020 looks bright for many in Africa with the Brien Holden Foundation confirming today that it is continuing to work on implementing internationally renowned programs in eye care.

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08 Jan

NACCHO leads PBS listing of medication to improve eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is proud to have led a successful submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) for an expansion to the listing of Prednefrin Forte on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

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04 Dec

Retina Australia research grants

Recently, the Board of Retina Australia announced that its 2020 research grants have been awarded to: Dr Raymond Wong (Centre for Eye Research Australia), Dr Anai Gonzalez Cordero (Children’s Medical Research Institute), Professor Andrea Vincent (University of Auckland) and Dr Jennifer Thompson (Australian Retinal Disease Register and DNA Bank). Funding for these grants has been […]

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14 Nov

New national Diabetes in Schools program to start January 2020

Parents and families of 11,000 Australian children with type 1 diabetes are being urged to register their interest in the new Diabetes in Schools program set to commence in early 2020.

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