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Professor Hugh Taylor AC is a trained ophthalmologist and Laureate Professor in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.
Early in his career, Hugh’s interest in public health led him to work with the late Fred Hollows as Associate Director of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program where he was involved in screening over 60,000 Indigenous Australians for trachoma. After completing this, Hugh’s work with Aboriginal Australians encouraged his decision to work with disadvantaged populations across the world, in places such as Liberia, Tanzania, Nepal, Vietnam and Eritrea, to improve vision. In 1996, Hugh became the Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia, an organisation he founded. Following this, Hugh resigned from his roles and commenced as the inaugural Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health in the Melbourne School of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.
Hugh has served as a consultant to numerous organisations, government and non-government, and has been a member and chair on a range of advisory committees. His primary research interests include eye health, prevention of eye disease and the delivery of eye care to disadvantaged populations.
As a result of his research and contributions to improving eye health, both nationally and internationally, Hugh has been the recipient of several awards and honours. Some of these include:
In 2001, Hugh was also made a Companion in the Order of Australia in recognition of his contributions to the prevention of river blindness, research and education related to the prevention of eye disease and eye health in Indigenous communities.
He is the President of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Deputy Chairman of Vision 2020 Australia and was Vice President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.