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The NVRI celebrates 50 years of vision research

The NVRI welcomed past and present researchers, collaborators and supporters to its base at the Australian College of Optometry in Carlton on Tuesday 22nd November, to celebrate its 50th anniversary!

Many of the researchers who played significant roles in developing the NVRI were welcomed home on Tuesday evening, meeting with current researchers and exchanging stories of their time with the research institute, including the people and projects that made a difference to them along the way.

25 November 2022

Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) flood assistance

The Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) will subside any VES or Victorian Aboriginal Spectacles Subsidy Scheme (VASSS) patients who have lost or damaged glasses due to the recent floods. VES patients should present to an ACO clinic or other VES participating optometry practice to organise their replacement glasses or contact lenses.

26 October 2022

ACO celebrates International Pronouns Day

At the ACO, our Rainbow Working Group works to ensure we provide a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ communities, whether they are using our services or work as part of our team. For this year’s International Pronouns Day, the Rainbow Working Group is supplying pronoun badges for staff to wear while working if they choose.

19 October 2022

Staff Spotlight: NVRI in Germany

Michael Ibbotson and Jason Jung have returned from a very successful trip to Berlin where Michael was an invited speaker at the Bernstein Conference satellite meeting, “Major transitions in cortical circuit evolution”.

6 October 2022

ACO working with AFL

The ACO is proud to announce that our Head of Satellite Clinics, Mae Chong is advising the Victorian Blind Football League as they develop classification systems and providing classification to vision impaired athletes.

23 September 2022

Staff Spotlight: Austin Tang & the Mobile Eye Care service

Since 2013, the ACO has worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria (RFDS) to deliver a much-needed mobile eye care service directly to rural communities across the state.

ACO optometrist, Austin Tang, spoke to Mivision Magazine about his recent trip to Birchip & Donald in north-east Victoria, and the impact of the Mobile Eye Care service.

30 August 2022

Introducing ACO Council President Sophie Koh

Sophie Koh has been appointed as the ACO Council President, taking over the leadership role last month. We caught up Sophie to speak to her about the ACO and her new role.

27 July 2022

Wyndham Eye Care selected as award finalist

ACO’s Wyndham Eye Care has been shortlisted as a Not-for-Profit finalist in the Wyndham City Council Business Awards!

12 July 2022

Staff Spotlight: A Multi-faceted Career in Public Health

ACO optometrists Joe Waterman, Mina You and Lisa Wise were recently interviewed by MiVision to talk about the range of work optometrists can get involved with at the ACO, each of them touching upon different aspects of being an ACO clinician from their own experiences. CEO Pete Haydon and Director of Clinical Service Neville Turner also added to the piece talking about the importance of public health organisations such as the ACO.

1 July 2022

Staff Spotlight: Vivian Kong in Mivision

“The ACO’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable eye care is one I feel very strongly about..”

Vivian Kong, Site Manager of our Braybrook Clinic, spoke to Mivision about her passion for public health and being thrown in the deep end during the COVID pandemic.

1 July 2022

Awards 2022

Last week we announced the latest award recipients at the 2022 ACO & NVRI Annual General Meeting. Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

6 June 2022

Launch of 2021 Annual Report

We are delighted to share the 2021 Annual Report which was launched at the AGM. The report highlights all our accomplishments over last year. A big thank you to all those who were involved in the process. The annual report showcases the exceptional work of our staff through the year! It is now available on the ACO website under ‘Reports and Publications‘.

31 May 2022

Vale John Nathan OAM

We are sad to announce that John Nathan OAM passed away on 15 May 2022, just short of his 98th birthday.

16 May 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Collaborative eye care pilot could help save the sight of some of Australia’s most vulnerable

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has joined the Optometry Australia (OA) call for optometrists and ophthalmologists to come together for a pilot aimed at combatting alarming treatment drop out rates that threaten patients’ sight.

26 April 2022

Pete Haydon commences his role as ACO’s new CEO

We welcomed our new CEO Pete Haydon, who commenced his role with the ACO last month.

1 Dec 2021
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