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Scholarship Delivers Outback Experience

Judy Glover Memorial Scholarships will enable three optometry students, in their final year of study, to experience remote eye care and indigenous culture this month, when they travel to the Kimberley Regions of Western Australia.

Over one week, Elena Parker (University of Melbourne), Stephanie Callisto (Flinders University) and Sally Collins (Deakin University), will visit remote communities and observe optometry clinics, as well as ophthalmological consultations and surgery in regional hospitals.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians are three times more likely to have poor vision, and statistics show diabetes related blindness in Aboriginal Australians is 14 times higher than in non- Indigenous populations. Ninety-four per cent of vision loss in Aboriginal communities is preventable or treatable.1

2018 marks the sixth year of the Judy Glover Memorial Scholarship, which honours the late optometrist, Judy Glover, who passed away in 2010. Ms. Glover was known for her kindness and dedicated to providing eye care to Indigenous people in North West, Western Australia.

Ninety-four per cent of vision loss in Aboriginal communities is preventable or treatable

Ms. Glover’s family and The Lions Save Sight Foundation support the scholarship, while Optometry Giving Sight and Lions Outback Vision play a key role in facilitating this incredible opportunity.

Applications for next year’s scholarship open in February 2019. Contact australia@givingsight.org.

Reference
1. Taylor, HR, J Xie, S Fox, RA Dunn, AL Arnold and JE Keeffe. ‘The Prevalence and Causes of Vision Loss in Indigenous Australians: The National Indigenous Eye Health Survey’. Medical Journal of Australia 192, (2010): 312–318

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