Leunig & Farmer Eyecare cofounding partner and optometrist John Farmer this month returned from his most recent trip to Papua New Guinea.
The primary objective of Mr Farmer’s visit was to provide further training and support to the Vision Centre he established in the Port Moresby General Hospital last year.
The Vision Centre, which enables the community to access low cost eye examinations and glasses where it is otherwise unavailable, has become increasingly busy since its opening in October last year.
“It is fantastically rewarding to see the Vision Centre delivering affordable eyecare to the people of PNG. Even with the addition of new staff which have been recruited and trained to help absorb some of the increasing demands of the Vision Centre, there is a large volume of patients coming through for them to assist,” Mr Farmer said.
The success of the Vision Centre in Port Moresby has lead to plans for the opening of a second Vision Centre in PNG at Mt Hagen. The third largest city in PNG, Mt Hagen is the capital of the Western Highlands Province, approximately 500 km northwest of Port Moresby.
“Staff have already been appointed for this new Vision Centre, initial training has commenced and some stock has been delivered. There are many critical things we learnt through the set up of the Port Moresby Vision Centre which will greatly assist this second centre,” said Mr Farmer.
Mr Farmer says he is deeply satisfied by seeing affordable eyecare in PNG become increasingly available. His involvement is fuelled by his desire to help others. “I have been given the opportunity to make a real significant difference and I am delighted to be doing just that.”
Leunig & Farmer Eyecare has a long history of involvement in optometric training and development abroad. In recent years, PNG has been the focus of their support through Mr Farmer’s work.
The Vision Centres are sponsored by the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), an Australian, not for profit organization that delivers eye care programs worldwide.
Mr Farmer expects to return to PNG later this year to continue his critical assistance with the development of the two Vision Centres.
If you would like to contribute to the Vision Centres, please make a donation through a Leunig & Farmer Eyecare practice in Drouin, Moe, Pakenham or Warragul.