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Advisory Board 2016

The Indigenous Eye Health Advisory Board provides overarching advice, direction on the program of activity, guidance on funding, and advice as to how data collected can be used to implement policy change.

The Board assists with advocacy within the appropriate networks and provides technical advice as required.

  • Mr Trevor Buzzacott - former National Trachoma and Eye Health Program member
  • Mr Vedran Drakulic - CEO, Gandel Philanthropy
  • Mr Richard Eccles - Deputy Secretary of Indigenous Affairs, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Professor John Funder AC - Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
  • Ms Mara Hateley - Executive Administrator, Harold Mitchell Foundation
  • Professor Hugh R Taylor AC - Melbourne Laureate Professor and Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Jan Thomas - Senior Director, Engagement, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Mr James van Smeerdijk - Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Professor Michael Wooldridge - medical practitioner, Former Federal Minister for Health and Family, and Health and Aged Care
  • Ms Trish Crossin - former Senator for the Northern Territory


IEH has been generously funded by The Harold Mitchell Foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy,  Mr Greg Poche AO, the BB & A Miller Foundation, Assoc Prof David Middleton, Mr Peter Anastasiou, Mr Rob Bowen, Dr Vera Bowen, Mr Noel Andresen and Dr Mark & Alla Medownick. The IEH would also like to acknowledge support from CBM Australia, the Cybec Foundation, The Aspen Foundation and "K" Line Logistics.

IEH and University of Melbourne also receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Indigenous Eye Health Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people- the traditional owners of the land upon which the Indigenous Eye Health is located, and their Elders past, present and future.

Our vision for reconciliation  

Our approach to reconciliation is driven by our goal to Close the Gap for Vision in Australia and improve eye health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The IEH staff felt that the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) would help to guide the groups work. The RAP was first developed in 2011, written in accordance with the broader University of Melbourne RAP, and is important for the following reasons:

  1. The development of a RAP will help to create and articulate some important foundation principles and operational values
  2. The RAP will help guide both individual actions and actions of the IEH – it establishes a framework which we can be accountable to and is something we can aim for.
  3. The RAP will be useful as the IEH grows in size and scope and for the introduction and orientation of new staff.

The development of the IEH RAP is based on the Reconciliation Australia framework which groups activities and actions as:

  • Good relationships
  • Respect for the special contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Working together to ensure all Australians have the same life opportunities

The key principles that underpin the IEH RAP:

  • The RAP represents a group wide commitment. Accordingly, the responsibilities outlined in the RAP should align with existing accountability structures.
  • The RAP activities build and extend on core IEH activities.
  • The implementation of the RAP will be, as much as possible, integrated through the IEH planning cycle.
  • A process has been established to refresh the RAP each year prior to National Reconciliation Week on ‘Sorry Day’.