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/
Read about the history of the St John Eye Hospital Group (flyer)
Read about the Mobile Outreach unit of the St John Eye Hospital Group (flyer)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nitin Verma SOA – Asia Pacific, email@example.com
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.
The current Hospitaller is Dr Nitin Verma FRANZCO, MD, MMeD, Dip NBE. Read about Nitin, here.