COVID-19 Video: Managing Inequalities

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

 Vulnerable Populations: Indigenous Eye Health and Covid-19: Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely to be blind or vision impaired than other Australians and they are less likely to be able to access essential services such as cataract treatment. Despite inequities such as these, less than 1% of Covid-19…

International Nurse’s Day: My COVID-19 experience, so far… (Australia)

Who would have thought that in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and on International Nurse's Day, that the crucial role of nurses would have been so front and centre!   As an ICU nurse away from the bedside for 9 years this period has been challenging and pride inducing. Whilst the ventilation skills…

Optometrist by day, mask crusader by night : COVID-19

Project Officer, Lions Eye Donation Service
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia

It is said, that during times of hardship, you know who your friends are, and my friend Belinda Rosen, an Optometrist in Brisbane Australia, is definitely my friend! See, Belinda is a keen craftsman, and has made plastic protectors for slit lamps at work. Outside of optometry, she is a keen dress maker. Belinda knows…

Optometrist: An Agent of Change in a Changing Development Landscape

Head of Governance and Operations
Organisation: Australia for UNHCR – Australians Supporting the UN Refugee Agency

I’ll be honest: when I was asked to do a blog for World Optometry Day I responded, “but I’m hardly still a normal optometrist”. On second thought I decided that in our current situation: what is normal? We are in the midst of the largest, global public health crisis the world has ever seen. None…

The Takeaway: fighting glaucoma with lessons from across the pond

Eye Nurse
Organisation: Royal Perth Hospital

For World Glaucoma Week, Lauren Entwistle on sustainable solutions to handle the growing number of glaucoma patients at health facilities in Australia… When our reception clerks get out the sticky tape my heart sinks a little and I make sure to ask for an extra shot in my flat white before heading back to clinic. They’ve…

Glaucoma community collaborative care programme

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Organisation: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

For World Glaucoma Week,  Bernardo Soares on glaucoma collaborative care programmes… About one in 200 Australians will develop glaucoma by the age of 40.1 With our current life expectancy at 81 years (male) and 85 years (female),2 a growing cohort of patients will require up to 40 years of regular eye appointments to manage the condition.…

Research offers new hope in glaucoma battle

Managing Director, CERA
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia
For World Glaucoma Week, CERA's Keith Martin on how research offers new hope in glaucoma battle... As 2020 unfolds, I’m excited to be at the start of a decade where advances in glaucoma research are showing real promise of innovative new treatments to combat the disease and restore sight. Glaucoma is one of the world’s…

IAPB Members Launch the World Report in Strategic Western Pacific Countries

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

World Report on Vision Launch Canberra The November 26 Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care Dinner was held in the Gallery at Parliament House Canberra, hosted by Vision 2020 Australia and attended by two dozen politicians bridging the political divide. Guest of Honour was IAPB CEO Peter Holland, who launched the World…

James Muecke named Australian of the Year

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

South Australian Dr James Muecke has been named 2020 Australian of the Year for his work in preventing blindness that impacts 1 in 10 Australians. Dr James Muecke is an Eye Health Hero and founder of Sight For All, an organisation dedicated to fighting all causes of blindness with projects in Aboriginal and mainstream Australian…

The Fred Hollows Foundation launches new Indigenous Australia Program

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

The Fred Hollows Foundation has committed its biggest-ever investment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health with the launch of its new Indigenous Australia Program Five Year Country Strategy. The strategy will see The Foundation invest at least $40 million over the next five years to closing the eye health gap for Aboriginal and…

Vision 2020 Australia and the Australian Blindness Forum come together

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

Press Release: Vision 2020 Australia is now the single peak body for service providers working in the blindness and low vision sector, following integration with the Australian Blindness Forum (ABF). This change will provide a strong, single voice for the sector, continuing the work already underway with our member organisations to strengthen opportunities for full…

Educating Ophthalmic Nurses in Australia through EyeTeleC

Vice-President
Organisation: The Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association in NSW

To advance ophthalmic professional development, learning is very important. Expanding our skills and knowledge base ultimately also leads to better patient outcomes. In New South Wales (NSW), where I am the Vice-President of the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association (AONA), we are implementing one such project.  The Eye TeleC project provides AONA NSW members, with ophthalmic…

Community Eye Care (C-Eye-C) Clinic impacting public health care

Community Eye Care Service Coordinator
Organisation: Westmead Hospital

Belinda Ford (Westmead research fellow), Dr Philemon Huang (Westmead glaucoma fellow), Dr Rohan Gupta (Westmead glaucoma fellow) on Community Eye Care (C-Eye-C) Clinic impacting public health care. If you ask a room full of patients in the public hospital’s eye clinic about their experience, you might hear the same story repeated over and over. The…

Optometry for Australia

CEO
Organisation: Australian College of Optometry
I am very proud of the strong public health eye care services, education and vision research carried out by the Australian College of Optometry towards improving eye health outcomes for the communities we support. The ACO was established nearly 80 years ago and we carry out around 75,000 eye care consultations annually. ACO works towards…

Improving the vision of glaucoma patients

Managing Director, CERA
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia
For World Glaucoma Week, Keith Martin writes on glaucoma and his work which is focused on improving the vision of glaucoma patients. As President of the World Glaucoma Association, I think World Glaucoma Week is one of the most important contributions we make to raising awareness about glaucoma, a disease that remains the biggest cause…

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, private sector, 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, private sector, 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, private sector, 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…