Vaegan Seminar: How might we leave no one behind in eye health?

Time/Date: 1-2pm Friday 22 November 2019 

Location: Old Main Building Room 230  (UNSW Sydney) Kensington campus.

 

Description:

Globally, 3 out of every 4 people living with blindness or vision impairment have cataract or uncorrected refractive error. Both conditions are treatable, so the vision loss experienced by these 190 million people could be avoided if they had access to good quality, affordable eye care. Most of these people live in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, in all regions of the world, women and other marginalised groups experience barriers to accessing eye care. In 2015, most countries of the world—including Australia—signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have a fundamental commitment to “leave no one behind”. To achieve this in eye health, we need to generate and use better evidence on how to improve access to eye care for all. This talk will summarise existing inequities in eye care between and within countries, outline the gap in evidence on how to improve access to efficacious eye care interventions, and discuss results from some recent studies. Finally, it will reflect on the opportunity provided by the SDGs, Universal Health Coverage and WHO’s recent World Report on Vision to realise equitable eye health.

 

Speaker Biography:

Dr Jacqui Ramke’s research is focussed on equity and eye health, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Jacqui worked as an optometrist in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory before spending ten years managing programs for non-governmental eye health organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. Jacqui’s PhD used epidemiological and health systems research to strengthen the collection and use of health information to promote equity in eye health. She continues this work in her current Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she is also contributing to the ongoing Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, is a Steering Group Member for the priority setting process of Cochrane Eyes and Vision and a Technical Working Group Member to develop WHO’s Package of Comprehensive Eyecare Interventions.

 

UNSW-wide event description:

This talk will be given by Dr Jacqui Ramke’s research is focussed on equity and eye health, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Jacqui worked as an optometrist in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory before spending ten years managing programs for non-governmental eye health organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. This talk will summarise existing inequities in eye care between and within countries, outline the gap in evidence on how to improve access to efficacious eye care interventions, and discuss results from some recent studies