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Aussies develop laser method to restore sight PDF
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Friday, 07 May 2010

Thousands of Australians facing certain blindness have been given hope of a complete cure from a single, painless laser treatment developed by Australian scientists.

The claim recently made by internationally renowned ophthalmologist Ian McAllister follows verification of his ground-breaking laser treatment, which is the first cure in the world for the debilitating condition central retinal vein occlusion (RVO). RVO is the fifth-most common cause of blindness in Australia.

Professor McAllister -- who was a state finalist in this year's Australian of the Year awards -- said an 18-month human trial of his procedure, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, recorded a 76 per cent success rate. Professor McAllister and his team from the Lions Eye Institute in Perth spent 15 years developing the treatment, which creates a bypass around blockages in the retinal vein that cause progressive blindness, particularly in the elderly. 

New Director at Eyecare Partners PDF
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Wednesday, 05 May 2010

Eyecare Partners Limited recently announced the appointment of Mr Robert Rolllinson as a Director of our Company. 

Bob Rollinson is a successful business executive with over 40 years experience. He has held chief and senior executive positions in companies in Australia and overseas mainly focussed in the energy, utilities, infrastructure and finance sectors in companies including Pacific Power, National Power, BurnVoir Partners, Chase Manhatten Bank and JP Morgan. Prior to retiring from full time employment in 2009, he spent the previous seven years with the Macquarie Group (Macquarie Bank) in senior roles in Australia, USA and Canada.

During his career he has been deeply involved with developing and transitioning businesses and driving operational improvements. He also has extensive experience in the business sales, acquisitions, mergers and financing.

Bob is an experienced board member of private and publicly listed companies. Currently he is Chairman of the Sydney Catchment Authority and has held Board positions in publicly listed companies including energy retailer, Australian Energy (ASX Listed) and Macquarie Power Income Fund (TSX Listed) and a number of non-listed companies. He holds an Honours degree in Engineering, Master of Engineering Science, a Post Graduate Diploma of Management and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Eyecare Partners reports negative operating cash flows for last quarter PDF
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Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Eyecare Partners reports a negative operating cash flows of $292k for the last March quarter and a decrease of about 2.3% of income from receipts from customers compared to the same quarter of 2009. The income declined from $7842k in 2009 to $7662k in same quarter 2010. The March 2010 quarter operating cash flows have been impacted unfavourably by a one time $450k payment for staffing costs.
Sight Restored to 26 Indigenous Patients in Central Australia PDF
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Friday, 23 April 2010

The Central Australian Integrated Eye Health Program is a partnership between The Australian Government, The Northern Territory Government, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation, The Eye Foundation and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Since 2007, the program has restored vision to over 500 people from remote communities such as Docker River, Mititjulu, Kintore, Yuelamu, Ti Tree and Barkly. Patients have travelled up to nine hours to receive surgery that would not be possible outside of Alice Springs Hospital.

It is hoped that over 50 people will have their vision restored by the end of the week. 

The surgery session follows the recent signing of a Statement of Collaboration in Alice Springs - to establish a new collaborative framework and strategy to improve eye care in Central Australia.

The Fred Hollows Foundation has recommitted to raising $3 million to help establish a permanent facility that will service patients from remote regions.

Australia still waiting for Google Health PDF
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Thursday, 22 April 2010

As state and territory governments meet to talk health reform at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra, Google said it had "no time frame" for the deployment of Google Health in Australia, despite its CEO formerly saying he hoped to have the service available in Australia by late 2008.

Google Health allows users to volunteer their health records either manually or by logging into their accounts at partnered health service providers. The service is only available in the US.

On 18 March 2008, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was in Sydney talking up e-health. At the time, he acknowledged tough regulatory hurdles would need to be overcome first, but said he hoped to bring the Google Health service to Australia by the end of that year.

Optometry Giving Sight Australia is moving PDF
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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The Australian office of Optometry Giving Sight will be relocating to Sydney. The new office will be up and running on Tuesday 27th April.

The Melbourne office will close on Tuesday 20th April. Judith Cook will remain Australasian Manager for Optometry Giving Sight. The contact phone number, 1300 88 10 73, will remain the same. Other details are as follows:

Address: PO Box 6378, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 1466

Tel: 02 9385 5207 and fax: 02 9385 5177 

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