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Gorgi Quill new Vision Australia Ambassador PDF
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Thursday, 28 May 2009

With a background in news, current affairs, travel, entertainment, science, education and professional singing, Gorgi Quill is one of Melbourne media's most well-rounded television presenters.

Gorgi holds a Bachelor of Science (majoring in pharmacology and zoology) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) specialising in biology and science, both from Monash University. Gorgi taught four years of secondary college. She also coordinated 240 students at year levels 9, 10 and VCE.

Gorgi has been the Melbourne reporter and travel presenter for the Today Show on the Nine Network, a presenter and host on Holidays for Sale, and the Victorian travel show Postcards.

She is a professional and well-established singer, performing at Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight in 2007 and 2006. Gorgi has a background in musical theatre, starring in the original Australian cast for the Queen/Ben Elton smash-hit musical We Will Rock You and Carousel with David Campbell.

In 2008, Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight was excited to welcome Gorgi back to perform alongside Vision Australia client from Qld, Lorin Nicholson. Vision Australia is excited to announce that they are currently working together to produce an album. Gorgi is also currently working on a new Channel 7 show - Guide to the Good Life.

 
RANZCO and ASO response to the 2009 Federal Budget Proposal PDF
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO) call on the Government, the Health Minister and the Department of Health and Ageing to reverse the intention to reduce the Medicare rebate for cataract surgery. RANZCO and ASO wish to continue to work co‐operatively with the Government to achieve the best possible outcome for the Australian public ‐ our patients.

As part of cost containment, the Australian Federal Government announced in the 2009 Federal Budget that it will reduce the Medicare reimbursement to patients for cataract surgery as of November 2009 from $623.70 to $311.85 or by approximately 50 per cent.

RANZCO and ASO argue that the result of the proposed 50 per cent cut in the Medicare rebate will lead to detrimental changes in the way cataract surgery is available to the Australian community.  The most concerning aspect is that the economic viability of the delivery of eye care to rural and remote centres will very likely be destroyed. As Medicare funds less and less of the true costs of delivering health care to the Australian public, patients will have to pay more.

 
The Fred Hollows Foundation reports record results for 2008 PDF
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Fred Hollows Foundation has released its results for 2008, with a record 176,472 people receiving sight-saving eye operations and treatments and over 1.3 million patients being screened in 18 countries worldwide.

The results represent around a 20% increase in eye operations in just one year. The Foundation also increased the number of eye health workers it trained from 3,284 in 2007, to 5,217 last year.

In 2008, The Fred Hollows Foundation also completed upgrades to 29 eye health facilities and provided over $1.5 million for vital medical equipment.

In 2008 The Fred Hollows Foundation was awarded ‘Australia’s Best Practice Not-For-Profit’ by the Givewell Good Giving Guide with an emphasis on being transparent and accountable, whilst delivering thoughtful and practical programs across a range of social dimensions.

 
Inaugural Continuing Education Alumni Meeting at UNSW PDF
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Friday, 22 May 2009
The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW is hosting its inaugural continuing education alumni meeting on the evening of this Friday, 22 May 2009.

A cocktail reception, tours of the new Guide Dogs Centre for Eye Health and the Schools' own Clinic will be followed by a presentation by Professor Anthony Adams on "Diabetes: early neural and structural changes in the retina".
 
Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2009 starts this Sunday PDF
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Friday, 22 May 2009

This year's theme for the Awareness Week is "Macular Degeneration - don't be blind to the risks!" It has been used on the Macular Degeneration Foundation's promotional materials in conjunction with the ongoing theme of "How's your macula?".

This year the Foundation has sent direct mail kits to 3,200 Optometrists, 900 Ophthalmologists and 5,500 pharmacies and health food stores Australia wide. The Foundation has also sent kits to over 430 Orthoptists Australia wide and appreciates the Orthoptists Association Australia's involvement in MD Awareness Week 2009. Kits have been sent to local libraries, community health centres, aged care facilities and hospitals throughout Australia. 

The MD Foundation has commenced their national public relations Awareness Week campaign. This year's campaign has incorporated the launch of the Eating for Eye Health cookbook by Ita Buttrose and Chef Vanessa Jones to raise awareness of the importance of diet and nutrition in overall eye health.

 
Specsavers first year in Australia: $200 million revenue PDF
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Thursday, 21 May 2009

Specsavers’ shake up of the Australian optical market shows no signs of abating in 2009. From a standing start of just one store in February 2008, the company is forecasting $200 million revenue in CY’09. In less than twelve months of trading, Specsavers has become the number two and fastest growing optical retailer in Australia.

According to Specsavers founder, Mr Doug Perkins, now based in Melbourne, the company also plans to create 200 new jobs this year, as part of a newly leased manufacturing and operational facility in Port Melbourne. The investment in the MCG-size, 13,000 sq m (140,000 sq feet) facility caps a stunning first year of operations for the optical retailer in Australia.

Specsavers and its partners – community based local optometrists - opened 153 stores across the country in 2008, and plan at least another 50 this year. Specsavers has responded to the increased uncertainty being felt by consumers, by last week launching a new price point - now offering a $59 frame and lens package in all stores nationally.

Mr Perkins said that despite the state of the economy, Specsavers' partners had experienced a significant increase in store volumes over the last year.

The new Port Melbourne facility will see Specsavers' manufacturing, business development, professional services, marketing, retail operations and call centres all head quartered in the one building.

The state-of-the art complex will also be the home of the first "Specsavers Training Academy", which will be replicated in other states. Academies will offer a full working model store, equipment piloting facility, lecture theatre and workshop room, in step with the company’s fully functional career development and training programs.

Mr Perkins said that the “go-live” date for the new facility was slated for mid 2009.

 
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