Email 7.30 By Angelique Donnellan Posted January 27, 2020 15:24:40 Photo: James Muecke says his neurological condition is not life threatening but is “career destroying”. (ABC News: Tony Hill) Related Story: Australian of the Year acknowledges firefighters as the real heroes in his acceptance speech Related Story: ACT’s Young Australian of the Year had a simple message for young people watching the awards — it was written on her chest Related Story: Country fireys deeply honoured to lead massive Australia Day parade Map: Australia The 2020 Australian of the Year, ophthalmologist James Muecke, plans to use his new title to increase awareness about the debilitating consequences of diabetes, but behind the scenes he has had to face his own health challenge. Key points:Dr James Muecke has devoted his career to treating and preventing blindness He says a neurological condition that affects his right hand has forced him to stop performing surgeryHe is calling for a tax on sugar to help prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes The Adelaide eye doctor has spent about three decades working to prevent and treat blindness in some of the world’s poorest countries.”We’re now seeing fantastic results. Children are surviving and they’re actually keeping vision,… Read full this story
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