Christmas Greetings from Eye Health Aotearoa

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Kāpo Māori and RANZCO sign agreement to improve Māori eye health

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand have partnered to address the stark inequities Māori face when it comes to eye health.

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Chrissie Cowan of Kapo Maori and Hon Peeni Henare, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health).

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World Sight Day 2022 Report

The World Sight Day 2022 Report has been released.

World Sight Day 2022 Report cover page, bespectacled girl with toothy grin

Aotearoa New Zealand's contribution via peak body Eye Health Aotearoa includes:

 

Read the World Sight Day 2022 Report here: https://www.iapb.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/WSD2022-WrapUp-report-v4-accessible.pdf (see page 6 for a spotlight on Aotearoa New Zealand with photo of Eye Health Aotearoa secretariat Dianne Rogers speaking to MPs in Wellington).

Thursday 13th October 2022 saw us celebrate our biggest World Sight Day ever, with stunts, screenings and social media activity happening from New Zealand to New York, Nepal to Uganda. We saw an incredible amount of support in the media and a huge increase in engagement from the sector and beyond from World Sight Day 2021. 6,813,614 PLEDGES TO LOVE YOUR EYES 362 PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS 11,344 PIECES OF MEDIA OVER 150 MILLION MEDIA IMPRESSIONS OVER 200 MILLION SOCIAL MEDIA IMPRESSIONS 165K WEBSITE VISITS

 

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Kāpō Māori Aotearoa awarded National Hauora Māori Partners Innovation and Sustainability Fund grant

This month, Kāpō Māori Aotearoa (KMA) was awarded with a National Hauora Māori Partners Innovation and Sustainability Fund grant (2022/2023). Te Aka Whai Ora are proud to be able to mihi the important mahi KMA do to support tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau in the health and disability service provision. 

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Tactile Art Competition Winners - Love Your Eyes 2022

The Love Your Eyes 2022 Tactile Art Competition winners were announced at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay on Wednesday 12 October. The annual Love Your Eyes campaign aims to raise awareness about eye health care in Aotearoa New Zealand, so that more people will get their eyes checked regularly and to encourage the Government to make eye health care a priority.

The winners of the Love Your Eyes 2022 Tactile Art Competition are:

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World Sight Day 2022: NZ Eye Test Pledges

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) wants everyone to love their eyes. As part of this year’s Love Your Eyes campaign, the IAPB encouraged people worldwide to get their eyes tested. The goal was to conduct 5 million eye tests in the month leading up to World Sight Day on 13 October.

Love Your Eyes logo ("Heart" Your Eyes)

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National Eye Health Survey to Parliament’s front door!

On 29 September 2022, Eye Health Aotearoa took the petition for a National Eye Health Survey right to Parliament’s front door!

EHA representatives and NZ politicians with framed petition standing next to Eye Health Aotearoa banner.

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Vision Bus Aotearoa on Radio NZ

Listen to Radio New Zealand National's Wallace Chapman speak with Veeran Morar - optometrist and bus driver! from the University of Auckland - about the Vision Bus Aotearoa, New Zealand's first mobile optometry service.

Veeran Morar and the Vision Bus Aotearoa - Photo Billy Wong

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Eye Health Aotearoa takes Importance of Eye Health Campaign to Parliament’s Front Door

Eye Health Aotearoa Take Their Campaign About The Importance Of Eye Health To Parliament’s Front Door

  • Eye Health Aotearoa (EHA) hosted an event at Parliament to launch the “Eye Care in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022 – Eye Care Situation Analysis Tool (ESCAT)” report. The report can be downloaded from the Eye Health Aotearoa website

 

  • EHA also hosted another event at the New Zealand Parliament, providing partial eye checks to MPs and their staff as part of the global Love Your Eyes campaign. The Love Your Eyes campaign encourages individuals to take care of their own eye health whilst bringing attention to over a billion people worldwide who have vision loss and do not have access to the eye care services they need.

 

  • New Zealand is leading the way. Eye Health Aotearoa’s screening at the New Zealand Parliament is the first of a number of screenings taking place in parliaments around the world.

 

Hon Peeni Henare, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) ; Dr Liz Craig MP and Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, Co-chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Eye Health; Renata Watene, Joint author of the “Eye care in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022” Report; Judy Small, Chair of the RNZFB Board, and Drew Keys from the IAPB; with Eye Health Aotearoa Trustees

Photo: Hon Peeni Henare, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) ; Dr Liz Craig MP and Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, Co-chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Eye Health; Renata Watene, Joint author of the “Eye care in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022” Report; Judy Small, Chair of the RNZFB Board, and Drew Keys from the IAPB; with Eye Health Aotearoa Trustees.

 

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New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme Consultation

A New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme.

This is an opportunity to have your say by participating in the consultation about the proposed scheme.

Wheelchair user with ball ALT: Have your say - An income insurance scheme to support people who stop work because of health conditions or a disability

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