Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Vision Program Recognized for Excellence
A free online resource that helped get eye care to more than a half a million people and help to dispense 88,000 eyeglasses in developing communities was awarded the Excellence in Innovation Award by the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association. The manual and toolkit has helped professionals to manage successfully eye care facilities. “Our research found that while many vision centres had good clinical skills, infrastructure and equipment, the actual operations of the centre – systems, processes and governance were often lacking,” said Stephanie Looi, manager of the Vision Centres Effectiveness Project. The project developed these resources to help eye care workers effectively to refract and dispense. “We also recognised that a limitation to creating sustainable eye care services in developing countries is a lack of appropriately trained [individuals]...This faculty not only teaches, but drives research agendas." To find out more about the Vision Centre Toolkit click here.