Judy's legacy lives on
After one year hiatus, Optometry Giving Sight is thrilled to be able to fund the Judy Glover Memorial Scholarship again this year.
Established by Margie O’Neill and supported by Judy’s family, and this year with the assistance of The Lions Save Sight Foundation, the Judy Glover Memorial Scholarship honours the late optometrist, Judy Glover. Judy, who passed away in 2010, was well known for her kindness and commitment to providing eye care to Indigenous people in North Western Australia.
By exposing final year students, Judy’s family hoped that her legacy would live on in the passion and conviction students develop for the cause when undertaking vision care in remote areas during their trip to North Western Australia.
With the support of Lions Outback Vision, Optometry Giving Sight plays a key role in facilitating this incredible opportunity. This year’s four successful students, Hamina Arif and Annee Yogarajah (UNSW), Byron Klein and Jessamy Bound (Flinders University) will have the chance to experience Remote Area Eye Care and Indigenous culture in either the Pilbara or the Kimberley Regions of Western Australia. As part of the two-week trip, students will visit remote communities and observe optometry clinics, as well as observing ophthalmological consultations and surgery in regional hospitals.
According to Optometry Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are 3 times more likely to have impaired vision and 6 times more likely to be blind than non-indigenous Australians. Remote eye care in Indigenous communities in Western Australia, like those visited by the students, provides clinical experience in unique pathology unseen in metropolitan practices.
Recipient of the scholarship in 2014, Emilie Ross said the experience broadened her understanding of the public health aspect of optometry. "The programme highlighted the differences between metropolitan and remote eye care and the breadth of opportunities available outside the scope of routine clinical practice,” said Emilie. "I was able to develop my skills, gain new knowledge and a rich understanding of aboriginal communities and remote environments all whilst exploring beautiful Pilbara landscape.”
With the establishment of the scholarship, Judy’s legacy lives on whilst inspiring the next generation to join her cause to bridge the gap in Indigenous Eye Health.
Photo courtesy: John Glover