Home >> Industry News >> Australian News
Australian News
  • Also available via:

Institute for Eye Research renamed the Brien Holden Vision Institute PDF
Submit Your News
Australian News
Thursday, 04 March 2010

For  more than 20 years, the team at the Institute for Eye Research, together with a global network of partners, has made remarkable advances in eye research, translated those innovations into breakthrough products, nurtured other organisations and advocated for access to vision care and eye health worldwide.

On March 1 2010, the Institute for Eye Research was renamed the Brien Holden Vision Institute. The change was initiated to honour the contributions of Professor Brien Holden OAM – a co-founder of the Institute for Eye Research – who over 30 years has had a major impact on research, education, product development and global public health in the field of optometry.

The change represents a major commitment to the future for the Institute. We are still the same people, with the same services, and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, more than ever, is committed to discovering new ways to improve vision. As part of this change a new website has been launched at:

Launch of FireReady Kit for people with vision impairment PDF
Submit Your News
Australian News
Thursday, 25 February 2010

The FireReady Kit, a vital tool to prepare for bushfires, has been launched in audio format by CFA and Vision Australia with the aim of extending bushfire safety information to people who are blind, have low vision or are print disabled.

The audio kit has been mailed to over 1300 people living in high risk bushfire areas and registered on Vision Australia's library database, is available for download on the CFA website and through the Victorian Bushfire Information Line.

Copies are now available from the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667 (TTY 1800 122 969) and can also be accessed at the CFA website.

New name, dates, and initiatives for ODMAFAIR in 2011 PDF
Submit Your News
Australian News
Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association have confirmed that changes to their biennial optical showcase ODMAFAIR are currently under development, leading with the announcement that the forthcoming event will be known simply as ODMA.2011.

This move recognises the industry's preferred nomenclature for the event, set for its 18th staging in 2011. The structure of the event has also been reviewed with a number of new initiatives afoot and these will be announced in the following months as finalised.

While the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour will remain host venue for ODMA.2011, which will occupy Halls 1 and 2, staging dates have also undergone a review.

ODMA.2011 will be staged Friday 5th to Sunday 7th August following feedback received from past Fairs indicating that this period is considered a favourable window in which to run the event.

Exhibition Management Pty Ltd will again organise ODMA.2011 on behalf of the Association and information on the process of exhibition space allocation to past exhibitors will be released in March 2010.

Those companies who have not participated in recent stagings but wish to participate in 2011 are encouraged to put their name on the 'Expression of Interest' listing now - simply log on to and complete the 'Interested in Exhibiting' form.

Vision Group reports EBIT decrease for first half year ended 31-12-2009 PDF
Submit Your News
Australian News
Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Vision Group's revenue  increased  1%  to  $55.6m,  with  non‐discretionary  revenue  up  1.4%  and  discretionary revenue down 2.2%.  Reported earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) decreased 11% to $10.9m.  On  a  normalised  basis,  EBIT  was  $13.6m,  down  2%  on  the  prior  half‐year  (normalised  EBIT excludes  debtors  adjustments,  Rockhampton  closure  and  lease  impairment  costs,  doctor  long service  leave  costs  and  legal  costs).    The  normalised  EBIT  margin  for  the  half  year  was  24.5%, compared to 25.2% in the prior half year, although, EBIT margins for non‐discretionary revenue remained  consistent  with  prior  periods.    Normalised  Net  Profit  after  Tax  increased  by  11%  to  $6.9m.  Free cash flow remained strong at $8.9m, down on the prior half year, however, in the prior  year  there  had  been  significant  improvements  in  management  of  working  capital  in  the period.

Vision Group's  Board  considers  that  amortisation  of  debt  and  maintenance  of  balance  sheet  strength remains  a  priority  for  the  company  and  has  declared  an  interim  dividend,  fully  franked,  of  2.5 cents per share payable 30 March 2010.

Actress Jessica McNamee joins The Fred Hollows Foundation PDF
Submit Your News
Australian News
Thursday, 11 February 2010

Australian actress, Jessica McNamee, has officially joined The Fred Hollows Foundation as an Ambassador following a visit to Vietnam where she witnessed sight being restored to the blind. The Packed to the Rafters and Dancing with the Stars personality began her association with The Foundation after she raised money to help restore sight during last year's season of Dancing with the Stars.

Jess recently visited The Foundation's program work in Vietnam while on holidays in South East Asia. During her visit, she witnessed sight being restored to several patients including an 86-year old woman called Pham Thi Thong. Thong had been blinded by cataracts two years ago.

Jess escorted Thong to the eye department at Dai Loc General Hospital, which The Foundation helped build in 2007. Twenty-four hours after receiving cataract surgery, Jess removed Thong's eye patch to reveal that her sight had been fully restored.

Jess joins personalities such as Adam Spencer and Olympic gold medallist, Susie O'Neill, as an Ambassador for The Foundation. In particular, Jess will be representing The Foundation's ‘Miracle Club' - which encourages supporters to make a monthly contribution of $25, which is enough money to restore sight to a person in some of the countries where The Foundation works.

International speakers line up for Brien Holden Lecture Series PDF
Submit Your News
Australian News
Wednesday, 10 February 2010

The Institute of Eye Research (IER) invites all our industry colleagues to the first Brien Holden Lecture Series on Friday 26 March 2010. The Institute has named the series to honour the work of Professor Brien Holden and his more than 30 years of dedicated service to eye care education, research and development. In the last three decades, Professor Holden has inspired hundreds of graduates with his dedication to vision excellence and his entrepreneurial skills.

The lecture series will be held at the prestigious Scientia Building at the University of New South Wales (NSW) in Kensington, Sydney. Equally prestigious is the line up of international speakers and local experts to discuss vision’s latest discoveries and shine a light on the pathway to eliminating avoidable blindness.

The introduction to the lecture series and opening speech will be delivered by President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of NSW, Professor Fred Hilmer OAM. The nine speakers at the lecture series represent the cutting edge of their profession. Professor Mark Willcox, Chief Scientific Officer at IER, hopes the series will become an important platform to explore new territory in the areas of vision correction, ocular health and eye care. “The series is a unique opportunity to learn about exciting new ideas from a broad spectrum of outstanding researchers in their fields”, he said.

Registration for the lecture series is free. Registration form and more information can be found at:

<< Start < Prev 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 Next > End >>

Page 80 of 117