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New Chairman at The Fred Hollows Foundation PDF
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Monday, 07 June 2010

The Fred Hollows Foundation recently announced the election of Les Fallick as the new Chairman of its Board. Les Fallick is the founder and Executive Chairman of Principle Advisory Services Pty Ltd as well as the Chairman of Miller & Associates (Australia), Deputy Chairman of the Nimrod Group in the United Kingdom and a Director of Infrastructure Capital Group. He also has considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector - most recently chairing the Carbon Advisory Board for Greening Australia.

Les succeeds Andrew Want, who was Chairman of The Fred Hollows Foundation from 2007. Andrew now leads Rounding Mark Pty Limited, a private consultancy and investment firm specialising in sustainable business and investment.

Also departing The Foundation's Board is Dr David Moran. David has sat on the Board since 2005. He first met Fred Hollows in the mid 1970s, when he was working as a medical student in Wilcannia, New South Wales. He then worked for two years with Fred Hollows as an epidemiologist with the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. 

 
HOYA Lens Australia New Sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight PDF
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Friday, 04 June 2010

HOYA Lens Australia have announced their support of Optometry Giving Sight at the National Silver Sponsor level in Australia, demonstrating their commitment to global blindness prevention due to uncorrected refractive error.

"Optometry Giving Sight has established a fantastic program that has altered lives worldwide. HOYA is delighted for the opportunity to take part in a program that transforms lives through the gift of sight," said Brad Bairstow, Sales and Marketing Director of HOYA Lens Australia.

 
Vision Australia evaluates the Apple iPad for accessibility PDF
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Friday, 04 June 2010

Apple's recently released iPad has accessibility features that have come up trumps according to Vision Australia's recent study of the product.

Vision Australia had the opportunity to test the iPad for accessibility and has found this Apple product to be another great multimedia tool, regardless of whether the user is blind or fully sighted. The report can be accessed at www.visionaustralia.org/docs/Product evaluation form Apple iPad.doc

 
Eye-Pecking Peewee Warning at Gold Coast PDF
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Thursday, 03 June 2010

A warning has been issued to Gold Coast beachgoers about a deranged Peewee -- a native Australian bird -- with a mania for eyeballs, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported Tuesday.

The species, which is also known as a Magpie-lark, Mudlark, or Murray Magpie, is a medium-sized bird widespread across Australia, known for being aggressively territorial.

In the case of the Queensland aggressor the bird has attacked at least three people -- going straight for their eyes.

 
Celebrating MD Community Action Day 2010 PDF
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Tuesday, 01 June 2010

The MD Foundation's annual Community Action Day saw over 20 staff and volunteers brave the weather at Martin Place in Sydney to help raise awareness of MD. Yellow kiwifruit was the perfect giveaway as it is high in Lutein, an antioxidant particularly important to maintaining macula health. Passersby were delighted to receive the gift along with learning more about MD.

If you are interested in getting involved and establishing a corporate volunteering program with the MD Foundation, please call 1800111 709.

 
Two Doctor Partners to leave Vision Group PDF
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Monday, 31 May 2010

Vision Group Holdings Limited (Vision Group) announced that two of its Doctor Partners have informed their intention not to renew their arrangements with Vision Group upon the expiry of their respective service contracts.

Dr Julian Sack practices in Melbourne and contributed revenue of approximately $2.8 million in FY09. Vision Group has engaged in good faith negotiations regarding an extension to his service contract, however Dr Sack has now decided to depart Vision Group on 30 June 2010. Dr Heather Mack also practices in Melbourne and contributed revenue of approximately $980,000 in FY09. Following her post-graduate fellowship at the Harvard Medical School in the area of clinical electrophysiology (in which Vision Group does not practice), Dr Mack has decided to leave Vision Group on 30 June 2010 to pursue this interest.

Vision Group will take steps to ensure that patients of the abovementioned practices are not unduly inconvenienced by these developments. Vision Group's Victorian Managing Partner, Dr Joe Reich, will co-ordinate the organisation of alternative arrangements to meet patient needs as required. Vision Group, in anticipation of making the above announcement, requested earlier on Friday 28 May, pursuant to Listing Rule 17.1, a trading halt in its securities and has requested the trading halt be lifted.

 
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