Associate Professor Simon Skalicky has assumed the role of President of Glaucoma Australia, in place of outgoing President Mr Ron Spithill, OAM who served the organisation as a councillor for 10 years including the past four as President.
A/Prof Skalicky serves on various committees for the World Glaucoma Association and his involvement with Glaucoma Australia began in 2014, when he joined the Glaucoma Australia Ophthalmology Committee.
“This is an exciting time for Glaucoma Australia,” said /Prof Skalicky. “As we have moved digitally, we are connecting with more glaucoma patients and their families, as well as health professionals. Digitally integrating the support services of Glaucoma Australia through online referral pathways ensures greater support is provided to people with glaucoma… Patients are joining our online community and benefitting from our regular newsletters and online community support and events… More can be done to promote glaucoma awareness, to achieve our goal of detecting glaucoma earlier, and finding the 100,000 –150,000 Australians who are unaware they have glaucoma. Fostering early diagnosis through optometric practice is the key. By supporting and promoting great Australian glaucoma research we can hopefully encourage further research funding to improve outcomes for people with glaucoma. We need to learn how to measure the impact of our patient support and refine this service over time. Ideally, we aim to integrate our service better with health care providers to enhance the likelihood that patients access our resources and community support.”