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National Eye Health Awareness Campaign launched PDF
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Tuesday, 05 May 2009

The Australian Government has launched their National Eye Health Awareness Campaign.

The campaign is a positive step towards the elimination of avoidable blindness as it reinforces on a national level the importance of regular eye tests.

The advertising component of this campaign includes national radio and print advertising, as well as some convenience advertisements, targeting people 40 plus with messages promoting the need to "get tested".

You can find out more about the campaign at the Government's Eye Health Awareness website.

Carl Zeiss Vision to sell Lonsdale site PDF
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Zeiss Vision Australia will sell its Lonsdale industrial premises to raise operating capital for the company. The company will sell all five buildings on the Sheriffs Rd site and lease back a portion' on a new seven-year lease.

The buildings cover 14,000sqm of the site's total 46,981sqm, which includes an undeveloped portion of land. Earlier the company announced about 100 SA jobs would be cut because of the global financial crisis.

Microsoft makes huge grant to Vision Australia PDF
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Microsoft made it's biggest-ever Australian grant on Wednesday 22 April to Vision Australia.

The software grant, valued at $6.7million, is not only a massive boost for Vision Australia's service provision, but a testament to the importance of the ground-breaking work that Vision Australia is undertaking through its i-access program to digitise information services for people who are blind or have low vision.

The Microsoft technology grant will bring Vision Australia clients enormous benefits. For example the creation of accessible online communities, blog capabilities and discussion forums, will help people who are blind or have low vision to overcome key social issues such as social isolation and loneliness.

In addition, the creation of an online library will enable clients to subscribe to a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as download the content in a format they can access through assisted technology. This significant development has the potential to enable Vision Australia to create the world's largest digitally accessible library.


Appointments at Vision Group Holdings PDF
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Friday, 01 May 2009

Vision Group Holdings Limited recently announced the appointment of Mr Geoff Thompson as Chief Financial Officer effective 01 May 2009. On 2 February 2009 the company announced it had appointed Geoff as Interim CFO whilst it conducted a thorough external search. Geoff is a Chartered Accountant with significant public company CFO and healthcare sector experience. He has also been appointed a Company Secretary.

Mr John Osborne continues in the role as a Company Secretary of the company.

The company further announced the election of Mr Craig Stamp to the Board and his appointment as Managing Director effective 1 May 2009. On 28 October 2008 the company announced the appointment of Mr Craig Stamp as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective 8 December 2008.

Specsavers opens new on-campus store at Flinders Uni PDF
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Thursday, 30 April 2009
Specsavers will this week open its 21st store in Adelaide. The new "on-campus" store at the Flinders University is the first of up to 11 stores to be opened in SA this year as part of the group's plan to build a wider national presence with 53 new stores and target $200million in revenues.

The expansion of the largest privately-owned optical company in the world will create 200 jobs nationally - about 35-40 in South Australia - for optometrists, trained optical dispensers, optical assistants and people with retail experience.

The 100 sq m training centre, described as an academy for learning, opened in January this year and features a large training area, a mini mock store, an office and kitchen area.
Optical Warehouse benefits from Specsavers' advertising blitz PDF
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Friday, 24 April 2009
Queensland-owned optical company Optical Warehouse has jumped to fill the niche for discounted eyewear since it was launched in 2004. Mr Wheeler of Optical Warehouse says that opportunity arose after Specsavers, the UK eyewear group and the world's third-largest such company, entered the Australian market this year.

Mr Wheeler says that Specsavers' advertising campaigns - an Australian version of its long-running UK TV ad can be seen in prime-time slots on local stations - have helped raise consumer awareness for more economical products.

Since UK-owned company Specsavers has been buying out many smaller stores and private optometrists, advertising for discount optical products has risen as companies compete to attract cost-conscious consumers.
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