Australian government extends programme addressing DR in Indigenous population

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Press release: 1 August 2018, Sydney, Australia: The Australian Government has provided a further $2.5 million for retinal cameras and training. The national programme provides eye health testing equipment, and also training and support for the health services using the equipment. The programme is co-led by Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Australian College of Optometry,…

IAPB WPR Focus: Editorial July 2018

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Hi everyone, Quarter Two of 2018 was busy for us in the Western Pacific. We’ve been out on the road, meeting with many of you, visiting the fantastic projects that you – our members and friends – are implementing… plus we’ve been busy making preparations for key events in Q3 and Q4. Here are a few key…

Australian government funds new National Diabetes Eye Screening Programme

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Leading diabetes and eye health groups applauded the Australian Government’s funding announcement for a new national diabetes eye screening programme to reduce vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes. The Australian-first initiative programme is a major step in the fight against diabetes related blindness and will enable early detection and treatment to protect the…

VISION 2020 Australia appoints new CEO

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Vision 2020 Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Abbott as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Ms Abbott joins the organisation after an extensive career in government, prior to which she worked as an optometrist in Victoria and held clinical and management roles in the eye care sector. Announcing Ms Abbott as…

The Australian College of Optometry: Focusing on the disadvantaged

CEO
Organisation: Australian College of Optometry

At the Australian College of Optometry, we are focussed on providing eye care services to the disadvantaged and reaching the most vulnerable.  Our Mission is to improve the eye health and well being of communities, and we have worked to achieve this through innovation, partnership and leadership in clinical optometry services, research and education since…

My Involvement in Aboriginal Vision Programmes

Brien Holden Vision Institute Project Manager, Aboriginal Vision NSW
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Colina Waddell, Brien Holden Vision Institute Project Manager, Aboriginal Vision NSW writes about her work with Aboriginal community. I feel privileged to have worked for the past 17 years with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the state of New South Wales on the East coast of Australia.…

Closing the gap in Indigenous Eye Health in Australia

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Prof Hugh Taylor writes about his work with Indigenous Eye Health in Australia. Background I first started working on trachoma and issues around the eye health of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Islander people as a young ophthalmologist in 1976 when I worked as the assistant director of the National…

Trachoma in the Western Pacific – end in sight

Regional Program Manager, IAPB Western Pacific
Organisation: IAPB

Screening for trachoma in Papua New Guinea Through strong collaborations and evidence, several governments in the Western Pacific can now claim trachoma is no longer a public health problem. For many more, trachoma elimination is in sight. So where are we with trachoma in the Western Pacific? A national assessment of trachoma conducted in Lao…

Australia loses sight of International Aid Commitments

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

To say the last 12 months have been disappointing for the Australian aid sector is a gross understatement. The Australian Government’s May Federal Budget delivered the biggest single-year cut to foreign aid in Australia’s history, a move that has undoubtedly hurt the country’s international reputation. The Budget revealed $1 billion–20 per cent of Australia’s current…

Australia funds its first ‘National Eye Health Survey’

Director - Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

This is great news from Australia. The following post is an abridged version of Jennifer Gersbeck’s full post on the Vision 2020 Australia website. UPDATE: China and Philippines are also preparing national surveys of blindness, writes Damian Facciolo, IAPB Western Pacific We’re often told that governments strongly support this initiative or that programme, but sometimes…

First ‘National Eye Health Survey’ gets funding in Australia

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Australia is one step closer to eliminating blindness and vision impairment following a Federal Government funding announcement for a major survey that will map the prevalence of eye conditions nationally. In what is a first for Australia, a National Eye Health Survey has been given a $1.126 million funding injection by the Minister for Health…