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World Association Of Eye Hospitals – Newsletter 2020 – January

2022-05-16 10:48:37

New Members of the WAEH

The board of the WAEH wants to wish the Auckland Eye from New Zealand and the Orenburg branch of S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution from Russia a warm welcome.

The World Association of Eye Hospitals is a worldwide network of eye hospitals and is happy to welcome the Auckland Eye as associate member and the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution as full member. All WAEH members are “centres of excellence” in the area of ophthalmology in their own country and focus on delivering the best and most safe ophthalmic care.

Visit the Auckland Eye
Visit Orenburg branch of S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution 

Want to know more about these hospitals? Meet them during the 14th annual meeting of the WAEH in Singapore and Malaysia!


New member from Russia

On December 25, 1989, Orenburg branch of the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution was established in Orenburg. Other branches are located in Volgograd, Irkutsk, Kaluga, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Cheboksary, Khabarovsk, Tambov and the head office – in Moscow.

The modern structure of the Orenburg branch comprises 3 surgical departments for the adults, 1 surgical department providing eye care for children, laser surgery department, and a diagnostic department. Our branch has 5 operating rooms.

About 600 types of medical services are currently provided by the specialists of the Orenburg branch, where 284 people are employed. More than 30 thousand people annually receive eye care in the inpatient facility of the Orenburg branch of the S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution. In 2018 our institution was awarded the status of National Medical Research Center.

Visit Orenburg branch of S. Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery Federal State Institution 

Hand with pen over application form

Questionnaire – WAEH2020

The 14th annual meeting of the WAEH is planned from the 13th till the 17th of October 2020 in Singapore and Malaysia (Save the Date!), just after the IAPB meeting that also takes place in Singapore. During the annual meetings members have the opportunity to collaborate and exchange information and knowledge about all kinds of topics. Good examples of this include EyeHospital Design, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Improving the efficiency in the service given to patients and Continuous development of patient pathways. But we would like to hear from you which topics you would like to address in 2020! Can you fill in this very short (just 2 questions!) questionnaire?  

Many thanks in advance!

Member News

RVEEH from Melbourne

New specialist eye clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients opens in Fitzroy

A new specialist eye clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients has opened in Fitzroy as a partnership between The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS). This full service clinic is the first of its kind in a community controlled organisation in Australia.

This is a significant and practical step forward in closing the gap for Aboriginal patients who need specialist eye health care. The clinic aims to address the existing and growing demand for specialist eye care among the community by providing service for both paediatric and adults patients in a culturally safe environment. 

The clinic will be staffed by Ophthalmologists and Orthoptists supported by Aboriginal Health Workers, who work as a team to target patients with eye disease and has state of the art equipment which allows for injection and laser treatment for serious and ongoing eye conditions.

Read more about this news on the WAEH website

Aravind from Madurai

What makes an eye care programme succeed?
Management Training for
Eye Care Programme ManagersJan 29 – Feb 11, 2020
LAICO Madurai

This course is for you if……you are a programme manager engaged in large scale eye care projects at eye hospitals, international funding agencies or government institutions

The course enables the participants to:

  • Get an overview of priority eye diseases and their public health implications
  • Assess the magnitude of global eye care problems
  • Identify gaps in service and estimate resource availability and requirements
  • Use evidence to prioritise needs during programme planning
  • Create an enabling environment for partner institutions and stakeholders
  • Design sustainable eye care programmes
  • Apply preferred practices to the participant’s own project

Register Here

Nominate a candidate

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Course Faculty:Dhivya Ramasamy

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Annual Review and Quality Account 2018-19

On behalf of Brendon Gardner, commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Eye and Ear in September 2019, the WAEH would like to share with you some of the stories of the RVEEH through profiling a selection of staff, patient and research profiles contained within The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s Annual Review and Quality Account, which can be accessed via this link:

The RVEEH looks forward to working with their staff and partners to further build on the significant contribution made by all of those who have gone before them in their rich 156 year history.

Management Training and Systems Development for Eye Hospital Administrators/Managers
April 1st – 30th, 2020

Aravind from Madurai

Beyond clinical excellence, the effectiveness of a hospital depends largely on the establishment of good administrative systems and the institution of sound management principles.

 Who is this course for?
This course, offered twice a year in April and August, is designed for those who are involved in the day to day operations in an eye hospital. Over the years 399 participants from 33 countries have been trained.

 What will the participant learn in this course?
This One month course equips the participants with the knowledge and tools required for effective administration of an eye hospital – an understanding of the various departments of an eye hospital, exposure to management systems and best practices.

Course Details               Register            Accomodation

What’s on the agenda?


Do you have a special request? Would you like to be connected to a certain person in one of our member eye hospitals?

Please do not hesitate to contact Maaike van Zuilen: Maaike.vanzuilen@waeh.org

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