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    Ageing and vision advocacy: report

    A turning point for how experts and citizens think about the impact of vision loss on an ageing population.

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    Global ageing and vision advocacy summit: Barcelona, 2013

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia and the International Federation on Ageing co-hosted the inaugural Global Ageing & Vision Advocacy Summit, with leading international advocates from 12 countries in Barcelona, Spain, in April 2013.

    MDFA and leading advocates presented their work on ageing and vision, exploring linkages and commonalities.

    Key presenters at the Summit included:

    • Dr Alan Cruess, Professor and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Dalhousie University, Canada
    • Dr Jacob Kumaresan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation Office at the United Nations in New York, USA
    • Professor Ian Philp, Medical Director at the South Warewickshire NHS Foundation Trust, UK
    • Dr Michael Tiet Nielsen, Chief Officer of Advocacy, Strategy and Innovation at DaneAge Association, Denmark

    The summit provided a platform, through the exchange of learning and knowledge, to build the capability and capacity of the ageing and vision sectors to effectively advocate and represent the interests of citizens at risk of vision impairment.