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Guide Dogs Discovery Centre opens PDF
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Guide Dogs Discovery Centre was officially opened on International Guide Dog Day, April 28, by the Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.

The centre, which aims to use innovative technology and hands-on learning to give visitors an experience of what the world is like for people with sensory loss. It will also showcase world-class dog training methods and a puppy development area.

Built in consultation with educational experts and disability sector staff, visitors will have the opportunity to find out what the world is like for people with sensory loss. Wearing vision loss simulation glasses especially designed for the centre, they will undertake a range of exciting educational challenges. Hearing loss simulators will also allow visitors to experience the world of the hearing impaired.

The Discovery Centre, part of the recent redevelopment of Guide Dogs’ Adelaide head office, will showcase world-class dog training methods and a puppy development area. The centre will be available for community groups and businesses from Saturday 1 May. It will open to schools for excursions on Tuesday 20 July.

 
Gerard Crock Lecture on Bionic Eye PDF
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Professor Robyn Guymer will be given a lecture on Thursday 3 June 2010 at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, with the title "Seeing is believing: the challenge and promise of the Bionic Eye". She will reflect on the research challenges of developing a bionic eye and the promise it holds for restoring sight. 

Robyn Guymer is head of the Macular Research Unit at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and is the Centre’s Deputy Director.  An internationally recognised AMD specialist, she leads the CERA team contributing to the Bionic Vision Australia research collaboration to develop an advanced bionic eye. Professor Guymer is responsible for the clinical and surgical program within the project. 

This annual public lecture honours the memory and contribution of Professor Gerard Crock AO (1929-2007), Australia’s first Professor of Ophthalmology.

RSVP essential (places are limited) by 27 May 2010 to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or telephone 1300 737 757 

 
AMA And RANZCO Oppose Chloramphenicol Rescheduling PDF
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Monday, 10 May 2010

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) strongly disagree with the decision to reschedule Chloramphenicol eye drops from the Schedule 4 listing to a Schedule 3 medication.

Schedule 4 medications are prescribed by registered medical practitioners or endorsed optometrists. Schedule 3 medications are available to the public from a pharmacist without a prescription. AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said that first-line eye care is the domain of general practitioners and optometrists, who are readily accessible to patients.

 
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.
 
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