2019 West Australian of the Year
On the 31st May, Dr Angus Turner, McCusker Director of Lions Outback Vision, was named the 2019 Western Australian of the Year (Professions Category) at the WA Day Awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel.
The Award is a huge honour for Dr Turner, Lions Outback Vision, and the Lions Eye Institute more broadly. It recognises the significant impact and the far-reaching vision of Dr Turner in improving eye health in Western Australia’s remote, regional and indigenous communities. The award follows the naming of Dr Turner as one of four WA finalists in the 2019 Australian of the Year.
We should all be justifiably proud of the work of Dr Turner and the entire Lions Outback Vision team, in building the Institute’s reach and reputation, while preventing and curing vision loss for thousands of Australians.
Funds pledged by Lions Clubs of WA for the Lions Lounge at the Lions Eye Institute have been used to purchase a BTK-EPOCHR Micro Plate Reader now installed and being used in the state of the art research laboratories situated in the Harry Perkins building. The Micro Plate Reader was purchased for our researchers to process a large amount of experimental samples and is used to measure RNA, DNA or proteins in these samples. The plate reader can also be used for performing assays that measure cell growth and assays that measure the level of proteins in blood samples such as antibodies.
The Lions Save-Sight Foundation and the researchers at the Lions Eye Institute would like to express our appreciation to those Clubs who have pledged their donations to this worthy project.
More than 60,000 patients pass through the clinic waiting room each year and, through this initiative, are able to learn more about the Lions’ long and proud association with the LEI. WA Lions Club’s valued pledges help the LEI provide state-of-the-art treatments backed by the latest research to help prevent blindness and save sight.