PROF FRED HOLLOWS AC (1929 – 1993)

FRED is one of the most celebrated ophthalmologists in the world. His passion for life and dedication to improving the sight of disadvantaged people has inspired many initiatives across the globe. In 1990, Fred was named Australian of the Year and continues to be regarded as one of the most influential Australians of all time (The Bulletin Magazine). The Fred Hollows Foundation has estimated that the work (and legacy) of Fred Hollows has restored vision to over one million people across the globe.


For thirty years Hugh Taylor, Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne and Vice President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, has worked to bring Indigenous eye health to a level that is comparable with the rest of Australia. His primary focus has been on trachoma, and in the 1970’s he assisted Prof Fred Hollows and Aboriginal health workers to address trachoma in remote Australia. With great success achieved in countries like Morocco, Mexico, Oman and Iran, Hugh is confident that trachoma can be eliminated from Australia.

Heathcote travels regularly to affected communities in Australia to analyse and treat trachoma. During these visits he interacts with families directly affected by the disease.
A young idealistic doctor, he strives to help disadvantaged people in his country and the world. He is fast following in the footsteps of his mentor Prof Hugh Taylor.