Catalogue Number: 3601
A working seminar on the implementation of low vision services to Queenslanders
Sub-Category: Conference programs, abstracts
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1979
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Manual prepared for a seminar on the implementation of low vision services in Queensland held on Friday June 9 1979 in the Brisbane suburb of Bardon, A4 size yellow textured card cover bound by black spirex, 29 photocopied typescript pages. Page 1 sets out the program, page 2 lists three principal speakers, Margaret Laurence, Ian Bailey and Bruce Ford and page 3 lists the 19 organisations represented at the seminar and their representatives.
Historical Significance: Low vision care gained great impetus with the setting up of multidisciplinary low vision clinics, the most of important of which in Australia was the Kooyong Low Vision Clinic founded in 1972 by the Association for the Blind in co-operation with the Australian College of Optometry and the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Melbourne. This clinic served as an international and national model. This seminar seems to have been initiated in an attempt to explore the possibilities of establishing multi-disciplinary co-operation. All the players were in attendance: optometry, ophthalmology, low vision care clinics, social workers, occupational therapists, organisations for supporting the blind and cognate government agencies. The lead speakers are Ian Bailey who was the founding and leading optometrist of the Kooyong clinic, Margaret Laurence, the founding administrator of the Clinic, and Dr Bruce Ford, a rehabilitation physician.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Bailey, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: Mar 2018
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 8