Our History

In 1986 an ophthalmologist and a glaucoma patient formed a Steering Committee to create a Glaucoma Foundation as there was no lay organisation concentrating specifically on glaucoma in Australia.

By 1988 a Foundation had been incorporated and registered as a charity and started creating initiatives to fulfill the aims and work towards the organisation’s mission. At this time, it was known as The Glaucoma Foundation of Australia Inc.

The three foundational aims of the organisation were:

  1. to increase community awareness of the glaucomas as potentially blinding diseases and thus the need for regular eye checks;

  2. to provide information and support for glaucoma patients and their families, thus reinforcing advice and explanations given by treating ophthalmologists, and improving compliance with therapy;

  3. to develop financial resources to fund research into the glaucomas in this country.

In March 1999 it was decided to alter our name from The Glaucoma Foundation of Australia Inc. to Glaucoma Australia Inc.

The discovery of the disease called glaucoma dates back to the 17th century. Its role as a cause of blindness has been known since the 19th century. Its prevention will hopefully be the work of the 21st century.

Click here to learn more about the history of the word “Glaucoma”

 

Our Mascots

Some of Glaucoma Australia’s influential members are recognised through our mascots, four owls that remind many of our Friends and Supporters of Glaucoma Australia and its history.

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Hope

Our first mascot owl, was named in 2004 by a friend and supporter of Glaucoma Australia, Mrs Joan Melton, who chose the name Hope – Helping Others Preserve Eyesight.

Hope - Plush Owl


Holmes

The second of our mascot series, Holmes, was named in 2008 to honor Glaucoma Australia co-founder Miss Kathleen Holmes (OAM), who herself was a glaucoma patient.

Holmes - Plush Owl Glaucoma Australia co-founder Miss Kathleen Holmes (OAM)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Goldie

In 2011, Goldie was created to recognise the work of our co-founder, Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg (AM), who has recently been awarded the title of ‘Life Member’ of Glaucoma Australia.

Goldie - Plush Owl   Glaucoma Australia co-founder, Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg (AM)

 

 

 

 

 


Quin

Quin was launched in 2017 in honor of life member Mr Marcus Quinlivan, and his support of the William A Quinlivan – Glaucoma Australia Research and Scholarship Fund.

Quin - Plush Owl   Mr Marcus Quinlivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

About William A Quinlivan:
Believing that Research and Scholarship gives hope for more effective treatment and the ultimate cure of glaucoma, this special fund was proposed and initially funded by Marcus Quinlivan OAM, the son of the late William A Quinlivan, in honour of his father.

William Alfred Quinlivan was born on 6th August 1883 at Myrtleford, Victoria. He served in the Australian Army (AIF) in World War 1 as a member of the 22nd Battalion and was involved in battles on the Western Front including major battles at Bullecourt and Villers-Bretonneux, where he was severely gassed and temporarily blinded. Eventually he returned to Australia where he continued to suffer from the effects of gas until his death at an early age in 1936.

William Quinlivan is remembered for his quiet sense of humour, his caring nature, his kindness and the practical help he gave underprivileged people particularly during the depression years of the 1930s. He was not backward in challenging injustice.


Our History

In 1986 an ophthalmologist and a glaucoma patient formed a Steering Committee to create a Glaucoma Foundation as there was no lay organisation concentrating specifically on glaucoma in Australia.

Council Members

Information about the members of the Council which govern Glaucoma Australia, their qualifications and experience.

Committees

At Glaucoma Australia, our Staff and Council members are supported by skilled committees which offer expert knowledge toward Our Mission: To eliminate glaucoma blindness.


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