[ASC-list] Melbourne Free ANZAAS Science Talk, Wed 18th July 6:30pm Prof Hugh Taylor "Close the Gap for Vision"

David Vaux vaux at wehi.edu.au
Tue Jul 10 02:13:32 UTC 2018

Science Talk, MELBOURNE
All welcome, free, bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At GTAC, in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)

Wednesday 18th July 2018, 6:30 pm

Professor Hugh Taylor

Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health University of Melbourne

Close the Gap for Vision

 In 2008 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults had six times more blindness than other Australians. However, 94% of their vision loss could be prevented or treated! The unmet need was similar in urban and remote areas.  The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision made recommendations for appropriate and accessible eye care services. Good progress has been made and the gap for blindness has been halved to “only” three times. This is still not acceptable and more is needed. However, eye health is one area where the Gap really can be closed.

 Prof. Taylor leads the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at The University of Melbourne. Before that he was Professor of Ophthalmology Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia which he founded in 1996. He is a passionate advocate for Indigenous health and is committed to the elimination of trachoma. His research focuses on blindness prevention strategies, infectious causes of blindness and the intersection between medicine, public health and health economics..
Forthcoming talks:

Wed 15th August       Dr Ailie Gallant                   (To be confirmed)
  Senior Research Fellow, School of Earth, Atmosphere & Environment, Monash University

Wed 19th Sept     Prof Frances Separovic
University of Melbourne / Bio21


We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

Further Info:         David Vaux       9345 2941                davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com<mailto:davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com>


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