Vision Eye Institute will partner with Rotary to build awareness of Macular Degeneration among Australians over the age of 50.
As a major provider of Macular Degeneration treatment in Australia, Vision Eye Institute will assist Rotary to deliver its message and co-brand an Amsler Grid that will be distributed to people in the over 50 demographic on the East Coast of Australia.
Additionally, Dr. Devinder Chauhan from VEI will speak on Macular Degeneration at the District 9790 conference on 24 March, where the Amsler Grids will be distributed to the 1,000 delegates, both for personal use and to pass onto their individual clubs. VEI will have a stand over the three days of the conference and have the opportunity to answer questions on Macular Degeneration, as well as eye disease generally.
Geoff Thompson, CEO of Vision Eye Institute, said VEI is delighted to be working with Rotary. “I couldn’t think of a better not for profit organisation to partner with, both in terms of their ethos and their demographic. Seeing our two organisations come together to do something very positive for the community is exciting – it’s very powerful.
“This partnership provides us with endorsement by one of the most respected entities in the land, and our involvement in this initiative will lay a foundation from which to build a strong future relationship. As an indication of the power of this partnership, Bayer agreed to sponsor the production of the Amsler Grids,” he added.
Recently Vision Eye Institute entered an agreement with Australia’s largest health fund, Medibank Private. Under that agreement, VEI will offer Medibank Private’s members on ‘Top Extras’ and ‘Ultra Health Cover’, as well as corporate equivalents and selected overseas visitors, reduced fees for certain laser vision correction procedures.
Mr. Thompson said the partnerships with Rotary and Medibank Private are the result of VEI’s focus on building relationships with key organisations in the community.
It’s all good news for VEI which posted increased net profit after tax of AUD$4.5m (up 181.3 per cent) in its half year reports to 31 December 2011. Revenue was AUD$56.5m (up 5.2 per cent) and Earnings before Interest, Tax and Depreciation (EBITDA) was AUD$13.9m (up 30.1 per cent).