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Climate Change and Eye Care Webinar 21 March 2023

Mitasha Yu, the Co-Chair of the Climate Action Work Group at International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), will present a live webinar on the impact of climate change is on human health, including eye care on 21 March

Hosted by the Australian College of Optometry, invitations to this members-only webinar have been extended to the broader eye care profession, recognising the “growing urgency” of this issue across our communities.

According to IAPB, climate change could drag more than 100 million people back into extreme poverty by 2030, with much of this leading to negative impacts on health.

Health impacts resulting from climate change include the effect of extreme weather events, worsening air quality, changes in the spread of infectious diseases, threats to food and water quality and supply, and the secondary impact of climate change events on our mental health.

This free webinar will provide optometrists and eye care professionals with insight into how climate change can affect their everyday practice, and the simple measures that optometrists can take now to reduce the impact of climate change and build their resilience to the effects of climate change.

This free webinar will provide optometrists and eye care professionals with insight into how climate change can affect their everyday practice

Register Now

The climate change webinar, hosted by ACO can be accessed online via Zoom from 7.30pm-8.30pm AEST, Tuesday 21 March 2023.

Register to attend the climate change webinar here.

 To find out more visit the ACO website.

Attendees who are not members of the ACO will be required to self-log their CPD points (1.0C) and will not have access to additional CPD from MCQs (additional 0.5C). ACO Members are eligible for 1.5C with MCQs.

About Mitasha Yu

Mitasha Yu is the Co-Chair of the Climate Action Work Group at International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), where she harnesses her passion to work with like-minded colleagues, advocating the link between climate change and eye care, and pushing forward climate action strategies for the sector to implement. She is motivated by collaborating with people to solve problems, learning from the best and inspiring creative solutions through strong leadership.

Ms Yu also is a consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Vision and Eye Care Programme, where she focuses on the public health development in the eye care sector, developing tools such as the Eye Care Competency Framework to support the World Report on Vision.

She previously worked for 12 years with the Brien Holden Vision Institute which involved a variety of roles including the Head of International Programs, and the Regional Director for Asia Pacific.

She draws on 16 years’ experience in public health eye care, international development, and clinical optometry.