Ms. Gersbeck’s appointment comes following a review of the IAPB’s governance model, which introduced a number of elected board seats to be drawn from the wider membership.
As CEO of Vision 2020 Australia, Ms. Gersbeck has passionately advocated for the elimination of avoidable blindness and vision loss in Australia and the region for the past 10 years.
On an international level she is respected for establishing a Global Consortium made up of Australian organisations conducting life-changing work across countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Over the past few years, Ms. Gersbeck has led collaborative efforts on a national level to advocate and secure funding for Australia’s first National Eye Health Survey, which is currently gearing up to collect data on the prevalence of blindness and vision loss across Australia.
She has also been influential in advocating to the federal government for the development of a National Framework Implementation Plan for Action to Promote Eye Health and Reduce Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss. Ms. Gerbeck’s appointment comes as the IAPB continues to gather momentum around the implementation of the Global Action Plan.