Science and Research

WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Blindness

CERA is proud to be Australia’s only designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Blindness, working to reduce the global burden of vision impairment.


The WHO Collaborating Centre at CERA works to translate research that can be applied in low- and middle-income communities around Australia and the world, where more eyecare services are needed.

Our goal is to improve the quality and effectiveness of eyecare services that are accessible to all, supporting the World Health Organization in its critical work to reduce the global burden of blindness.

This includes developing technology for the early detection of eye diseases which can be used in the field where few or no eye specialists are available.

Other key projects have included the development of guidelines for cataract services, the development of global and regional WHO action plans, and the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Research Accelerator to build capacity to conduct research at hospitals in the Asia-Pacific region.