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Advocacy Advocacy


Change through social activism was something close to Fred’s heart. He was well known for never taking no for an answer, and would keep fighting for his beliefs until he got his way. Today, our advocacy work is still going strong, and is as vital to our mission as it was in Fred’s time.

Advocacy and The Foundation

Our advocacy work is all about achieving social change, which can be done in a number of ways. Sometimes it’s through lobbying governments to commit budget to eye health, shifting public attitude through education, or amending policies and laws. No matter the approach, we’re always driven by the same goal – ending avoidable blindness.
The key to advocacy is making sure our messages are clear and reach the people who have the power to make change, like policy makers and other key decision makers.

What methods do we focus on?

  • Strengthening national health systems with a focus on eye health
  • Encouraging in-country government support for better resources
  • Empowering local workers to implement effective, safe and quality eye interventions
  • Creating financial systems that ensure services are affordable and available to everyone – from cities to remote villages 

How do we campaign for change?

  • Work with partners to increase awareness both in-country and globally
  • Use our research to help communicate results and create messages about avoidable blindness
  • Train a workforce who will drive sustainable and improved eye health services from within affected countries
  • Collaborate to be even more effective – with communities, other organisations, individuals or governments. 

We're for Australian Aid 

Did you know, last year Australian Aid:

  • trained over 100,000 teachers in our region?
  • provided more than 4.6 million textbooks to children in the Pacific?
  • helped vaccinate nearly 36 million children against measles?

Australian Aid saves lives and helps break down the barriers of poverty. But our government now invests less than 1 per cent of the national budget in development. If we want to have a better and fairer future, it's important that Australia does all it can.

That's why The Fred Hollows Foundation proudly supports the Campaign for Australian Aid. 

If we all work together, we'll continue our steps towards ending inequality, hunger, and lack of health care. The world has made some progress with global poverty being halved in the last ten years and nearly halving the rate of women dying during childbirth.

But there's more work to be done and we can't stop now. If you think everyone in the world deserves basic neccessities and the same chances, then add your voice to the Campaign for Australian Aid. 

Reconciliation Action Plan 

The RAP is a plan that mobilises staff of The Foundation around the theme of reconciliation. It encourages staff to look for and take advantage of opportunities to support Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Australian businesses.

The Fred Hollows Foundation’s two-year Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2016-2018, emphasises the importance of working with Indigenous Australians and ensures the entire workforce is more aware of the importance of reconciliation.

The RAP represents the next stage of The Foundation’s reconciliation journey to continue Fred’s passion and desire for equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This plan builds upon the previous RAP from 2011, and focuses more on practical, internal actions we can take to help further our understanding of reconciliation.

Find our more about our RAP here.