Since its inception, many senior medical professionals have volunteered with the John Fawcett Foundation, providing free, sight-restoring treatment to hundreds of thousands of Indonesians. Yet, rates of blindness in Indonesia remain amongst the highest worldwide.
This prompted Drs Qiang Li and Elaine Ong to ask the question – what if younger volunteers have more of a role to play?
Dr Qiang Li
Dr Elaine Ong
Junior doctors and medical students interested in ‘making a difference’ through volunteering may often feel discouraged due to a lack of experience or expertise, particularly in a highly specialised field like ophthalmology.
Our aim was to show young volunteers that they can drive positive change, regardless of seniority.
Our vision is to encourage Australian and Indonesian junior doctors interested in ophthalmology and global health to fight global blindness through Charity, Research, Exchange, Awareness-building, Tutelage and Empowerment.
The Inaugural JFF CREATE is happening as we speak. Outcomes will be reported soon.