Associate Professor Julian Rait OAM has been appointed to the Board of Vision Australia. One of Australia’s most highly respected eye health professionals, Professor Rait is President of the AMA (Victoria) and Chair of the Federal AMA Council of Private Specialist Practice.
He is a strong supporter of Vision Australia and its core mission of supporting people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose.
“I have had a long association with Vision Australia and have much admired and appreciated the support that has been provided to many patients,” Professor Rait said.
“I very much look forward to contributing to the further success of this wonderful organisation and its compassionate advocacy for people who are blind or have low vision, along with their families.”
Vision Australia CEO Ron Hooton said the organisation was fortunate to have Associate Professor Rait on its Board.
“It’s always a positive when you can welcome somebody like Julian to an organisation and his position on our Board is great news for Vision Australia and the wider blind and low vision community,” Mr Hooton said.
“Medical professionals play an important role in people who are blind or have low vision receiving the support they need. Julian’s knowledge of this field and eye health will be an asset to Vision Australia and help ensure we are working effectively alongside primary health providers to ensure people are receiving the best possible support.”
Associate Professor Rait is a specialist Ophthalmologist and has been practising for more than 30 years.
In 2018, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to Ophthalmology and to the development of overseas aid.