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Luxottica’s $33.5m Defence contract axed over incorrect handling of data

Friday, August 01, 2014

Luxottica Retail Australia, which owns the OPSM brand, has lost a $33.5 million Australian Defence Force contract after checks revealed the personal information of some Defence personnel were sent offshore by Luxottica. Medibank Health Solutions moved quickly to terminate its contract with sub-contractor Luxottica after a routine review early in July revealed that the personal details of Defence staff seeking optical services had been sent to an unnamed overseas location. It was one of the first commercial contracts to be severed resulting from a data sovereignty issue involving a government department. ...read more

Governor-General appointed patron of RANZCO Eye Foundation

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, has been appointed patron of The RANZCO (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) Eye Foundation as this year’s annual eye health community awareness JulEYE campaign draws to a close. “We are delighted to have the Governor-General accept our invitation to be patron of RANZCO Eye Foundation”, its chief executive officer, Ms Jacinta Spurrett, said on 29 July. “His support will be invaluable as we continue to shine the spotlight on the often-overlooked problem of eye health in Australia and surrounding regions,” Ms Spurrett said. ...read more

$1.126 million funding for National Eye Health Survey

Friday, August 01, 2014

In what is a first for Australia, a National Eye Health Survey has been given a $1.126 million funding injection by the federal government, it was announced on 17 July. The national survey, to be conducted by the Centre for Eye Research Australia, has been needed for a long time and will provide an accurate, evidenced-based picture of nationwide eye health, the chief executive officer of Vision 2020 Australia, Ms Jennifer Gersbeck, said. “This is a huge boost for Australia’s eye health and will give us the evidence we need to tackle blindness and vision impairment more effectively,” Ms Gersbeck said. ...read more

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