St John Ambulance Australia's Ophthalmic Program aims to raise funds to continue support of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEGH), and ophthalmic activities in Timor Leste and remote Australia.
St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEGH)
St John Ambulance Australia has a very close relationship with the SJEHG in the Middle East, providing funding and support to the Hospital for over 130 years. The SJEGH is the main provider of eye healthcare for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and many patients are referred from medical centres across the West Bank and Gaza. As it is the only charitable provider of eye healthcare, the importance of the hospital for the region cannot be overstated. Explore the SJEGH's website to find out more about the Hospital and to read engaging stories of the work done there: https://www.stjohneyehospital.org/
Australian Friends of the SJEGH
Australian Friends of the SJEGH is a fresh approach to engage our members, staff and clients with the activities of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group. It is hoped that the Friends will continue the fundraising efforts that support's the Hospital's two lecturers at their School of Nursing. Become a Friend of the SJEHG; download the membership form here.
St John Ophthalmic Association
The St John Ophthalmic Association was established to provide a forum for communication between ophthalmologists around the globe—all united by an interest in, and desire to support the work of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. Please contact your regional Chair of SOA for further information about how, as an eye healthcare professional, you might be able to contribute to eye health in your region or internationally:
David Verity, SOA – Europe, info@SOA.global
Anne Coleman, SOA – Americas, email@example.com
Nitin Verma SOA – Asia Pacific, firstname.lastname@example.org
The role of the St John Hospitaller has its roots in the original Order of Hospitallers founded over 900 years ago during the Crusades, and in the medieval Grand Priory of England of over 400 years. Today, the Hospitaller manages the relationship between the Priory and the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital and other regions which require eye health care.
Dr Nitin Verma FRANZCO, MD, MMeD, Dip NBE
Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology School of Medicine
Royal Hobart Hospital
University of Tasmania
Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney
Hobart Eye Surgeons
Professor Nitin Verma is a renowned ophthalmic surgeon both within Australia and overseas. He has a special interest in retinal diseases and has published and presented more than 100 associated papers. His experience includes providing voluntary eye health services to disadvantaged communities in the Northern Territory, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Western Samoa.
He was responsible for establishing the eye health program in Timor Leste. He routinely travels to Timor Leste to provide voluntary service to members of the community that are suffering from eye related disease or injury. He was awarded membership in the Order of Timor Leste because of his outstanding contribution to that small struggling country. He played a significant role in getting St John in Australia involved in supporting the Oecussi component of the eye health program in Timor Leste. As a result, St John has assisted in the delivery of that program for ten years.
For more than 10 years, Associate Professor Verma contributed to encouraging engagement in Ophthalmic activities within St John in Tasmania and was a proactive contributor to the Tasmanian Council from 2007 until it was abolished in 2011. He made an outstanding presentation on eye health at the last member convention held in Hobart which contributed to increasing the understanding of the importance of eye health within St John.
Three years ago, he was appointed Hospitaller for the Order of St John in Australia. As such, he is responsible for the Priory’s Ophthalmic program, which includes support for the Jerusalem eye hospital, the eye health project in Oecussi (Timor Leste) and Moree (NSW). In that role, he has revitalised the Hospitaller’s role and ensured an increased commitment by St John in Australia to Ophthalmic activities.