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Queensland Ophthalmology Blitz

Queensland patients with vision impairment or debilitating eye conditions such as cataracts will be major beneficiaries of a new ophthalmology blitz. Premier Campbell Newman said the blitz would clear the wait list of patients by 30 June, 2015, improving the quality of life for more than 11,000 Queenslanders. “There have been chronic problems for many years with

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Get your Eyes Checked this JulEYE

Each year 1 in 4 Australians are at risk of losing part or all of their vision to eye disease. Despite the fact that 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable, two out of five Australians are still not having their eyes tested at least once every two years, according to the latest Newspoll commissioned

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Don’t be one in a million – Make sure you test for macular disease

More than one million Australians are affected by macular degeneration and without appropriate prevention and treatment measures this number is set to increase to 1.7 million by 2030. Macular Disease Foundation Australia Patron and 2013 Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose is encouraging everyone over 50 to check their macular health. “The day I was

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Inspirational Golfers Tee Off in World Blind Golf Championships at Nelson Bay

An inspiring group of the world’s best blind golfers are at this week’s 2014 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open and World Blind Golf Championships at Nelson Bay Golf Club near Port Stephens which tees off today. Over 50 players and their caddies from 14 countries are competing in the biennial championships which run until

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Use Your Photography Skills to Support the Macular Disease Foundation

If you are into photography, and helping a worthy cause, check out the Macular Disease Foundation’s mEYE World Photographic Competition. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia and affects central vision, which is responsible for our ability to see faces, read, drive, and distinguish colours clearly. One in

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See the Latest Vision Aids at Texpo

If you are, or know someone, living with loss or reduced vision, it’s well worth heading to Vision Australia’s Texpo to see the latest vision aids. As well as showcasing technology solutions from oversized Quick Response codes, (barcodes that link to descriptive information about a site, room, or object) to a small device that sounds

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eHealth Records Will Soon Include Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging Results

Pathology and diagnostic imaging results will be uploaded to e-Health records following an $8 million investment by the Federal Government. Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, said it will mean things like a patient’s blood test and x-ray results could be stored securely online as part of their own personal eHealth record. “We expect both doctors

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New Medicare Locals website

A new website which gives Australians information about important health services provided by Medicare Locals in their communities has been launched. The site www.medicarelocals.gov.au, shows a map of Australia split up into the 61 Medicare Local regions. By clicking on a region, patients are taken to a page which displays health services provided by the

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World-First Research Shows Daily Sunscreen Use Will Slow the Ageing Process

While we all know that using sunscreen prevents skin cancer, Queensland research shows it has the added benefit of slowing the ageing process. A world-first study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) which involved 900 young and middle-aged men and women showed that after four-and-a-half years, those who applied sunscreen most days had

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New Online Library Service for People with Print Disability

Vision Australia Information Library Service (VAILS) will today launch a new online service to assist people who are blind, have low vision or a print disability. The service, which is an Australian first, was launched by Minister for Disability Services and Reform, the Hon Mary Wooldridge. “I would like to thank Vision Australia, its Board

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