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Fred Hollows was a renowned Australian ophthalmologist known for his efforts to provide quality health care for the under privileged

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BirthdayApril 9, 1929
Died onFebruary 10, 1993
NationalityNew Zealander
FamousHumanitarian, Physicians, Ophthalmologists
HobbiesClimbing Mountain
Known asDr. Fred Hollows
Universities
  • Victoria University of Wellington
Humanitarian Works
  • Founder of ‘Fred Hollows Foundation’
Founder / Co-Founder
  • The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Aboriginal Medical Service
Birth PlaceDunedin
GenderMale
Sun SignAries
Born inDunedin
Famous asOphthalmologist
Died at Age63

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Who is Fred Hollows?

Fred Hollows was an Australian ophthalmologist who is known for providing quality eye care to those in need throughout the world. He spent his life helping others who could not afford or access healthcare. Early on in his career, he realized that the Aborigines were not being provided the screening and treatment that could eliminate a majority of the cases of blindness that were occurring. He believed that everyone should be provided with the same quality of healthcare, and was appalled by the number of children that were unnecessarily going blind. The bulk of these cases were being caused by trachoma, a treatable infectious disease caused by the bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis. He established many clinics and treated Aborigines in Australia who were needlessly suffering. As a child, Fred had considered becoming a missionary. While he never traveled the world sharing the gospel, he did bring medical training and treatment to Nepal, Africa and many third-world countries. The work of Fred Hollows has been monumental in advancing the number of people who are now able to receive eye care; he has helped over one million people regain sight through his efforts. His legacy of making proper healthcare accessible to the poor continues through the Fred Hollows Foundation

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Childhood & Early Life

Fred Hollows was born to Joseph and Clarice Hollows on April 9, 1929 in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he continued to live for his first seven years of life. He was the middle child, with three brothers: Colin, John and Maurice.

As a young boy, he attended ‘Northeast Valley Primary School’ in New Zealand. At the age of 13, he began his high school education at ‘Palmerston North Boys’ High School’.

He was impacted greatly by his father’s empathy for humanity. His dad was a Christian Marxist who believed everyone should receive a fair wage for their work. It was this beginning that would later influence Fred to bring medical care to the poor.

Growing up, his parents were very religious, encouraging Fred to become a missionary. He even attended seminary for a short time to live out this dream.

After working a summer job in a mental hospital in Porirua, he realized that he wanted to help people in another way. He decided to get his BA degree at ‘Victoria University of Wellington’ and complete his medical degree from ‘Otega Medical School’.

Career

Fred Hollows’ first job after medical school was at the ‘Auckland Public Hospital’, where he was able to assist eye surgeons.

He continued to advance his knowledge in ophthalmology at ‘Tauranga Public Hospital’, where he assisted in operations and eventually performed cataract surgeries independently. He dreamed of one day helping the poor in Africa, and because there is a lot of cataract blindness in Africa, he wanted to become proficient at treating this disorder.

He gained experience in the latest medical technology at one of the largest hospitals in the country, ‘Wellington’. It was here that the first retinal camera was used.

He quickly realized he would need more specialized education in order to reach his dream of helping the poor. In 1961, he began his post-graduate training at ‘Moorfields Eye Hospital’, one of the top training hospitals for ophthalmology in London, England.

He completed his fellowship at the ‘Royal College of Surgeons’ and began working as an ophthalmology registrar in the ‘Royal Infirmary’ in Wales. It was here, in Wales, that he met his mentor, Professor Archie Cochrane.

The professor and Fred collaborated on a glaucoma survey, which served to popularize Hollows’ work and encouraged him to incorporate treatment with all future surveys he would perform.

In 1965, he moved to Australia, where he was appointed as the Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the ‘University of New South Wales’.

He continued to oversee the education at ‘Prince Henry’ and the ‘Prince of Wales’ hospitals from 1965-1992. He increased the level of care provided, performing the ‘Prince of Wales Hospital’s first cataract extraction.

In 1968, he began to turn his focus to the lack of healthcare provided for the Aborigines. He visited the Gurindji camp in the ‘Northern Territory’ and was disheartened by the number of people suffering from preventable blindness, especially trachoma.

In 1971, he set up a proper treatment facility for the Aborigines, the ‘Aboriginal Medical Service’, in Redfern. Hollows worked together with the ‘Aboriginal Legal Service’ to set up additional treatment facilities throughout Australia.

In 1976-1978, he initiated the ‘National Trachoma and Eye Health Program’, which screened more than 100,000 underprivileged natives, and reduced the rate of curable blindness by half.

Hollows worked with the ‘World Health Organization’, to eradicate preventable blindness and bring quality healthcare to the masses. In 1985, he visited Nepal to assist in the training of local technicians and to reduce the cost of eye care.

In 1987, he visited one of the world’s poorest countries, Eritrea, which in the middle of a fierce civil war. He established intraocular lens laboratories in both Eritrea and Nepal to provide lenses for those in need at an affordable cost.

It was Fred’s lifelong goal to provide eye care for those who were unable to obtain it due to money or circumstances. He helped establish the ‘Fred Hollows Foundation’ to meet these goals. The foundation was launched on September 3, 1992.

Major Works

Fred Hollow’s lifelong work is continued on through the many clinics he established for the underprivileged and the ‘Fred Hollows Foundation’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1985, Fred Hollows refused to acknowledge the award for honorary ‘Officer of the Order of Australia’ because of the lack of interest the government showed for Aboriginal healthcare.

In 1990, he was named the ‘Australian of the Year’ because of the advances in eye health that he brought to the underprivileged.

In 2004, he was entered into the Hall of Fame at the ‘NSW Aboriginal Health Awards’ for his contribution in the advancement of Aboriginal healthcare.

In 2010, the ‘Royal Australian Mint’ featured him on the one dollar coin that was a part of ‘Inspirational Australians Series’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Fred met his wife, Gabi O’Sullivan during his training in orthoptics in the early 1970’s, and they continued to work together at the ‘Prince of Wales Hospital’. They got married after ten years of courtship.

After fighting a long battle with renal cancer he succumbed to death as the disease affected his lungs and brain. The philanthropic doctor breathed his last on 10 February, 1993.

Trivia

He grew up in a strong Christian home, but Fred decided not to follow in his faith after working in a mental hospital, seeing that those in the secular world could be just as caring

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Fred Hollows biography timelines

  • // 9th Apr 1929
    Fred Hollows was born to Joseph and Clarice Hollows on April 9, 1929 in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he continued to live for his first seven years of life. He was the middle child, with three brothers: Colin, John and Maurice.
  • // 1961
    He quickly realized he would need more specialized education in order to reach his dream of helping the poor. In 1961, he began his post-graduate training at ‘Moorfields Eye Hospital’, one of the top training hospitals for ophthalmology in London, England.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, he moved to Australia, where he was appointed as the Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the ‘University of New South Wales’.
  • // 1965 To 1992
    He continued to oversee the education at ‘Prince Henry’ and the ‘Prince of Wales’ hospitals from 1965-1992. He increased the level of care provided, performing the ‘Prince of Wales Hospital’s first cataract extraction.
  • // 1968
    In 1968, he began to turn his focus to the lack of healthcare provided for the Aborigines. He visited the Gurindji camp in the ‘Northern Territory’ and was disheartened by the number of people suffering from preventable blindness, especially trachoma.
  • // 1970
    Fred met his wife, Gabi O’Sullivan during his training in orthoptics in the early 1970’s, and they continued to work together at the ‘Prince of Wales Hospital’. They got married after ten years of courtship.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, he set up a proper treatment facility for the Aborigines, the ‘Aboriginal Medical Service’, in Redfern. Hollows worked together with the ‘Aboriginal Legal Service’ to set up additional treatment facilities throughout Australia.
  • // 1976 To 1978
    In 1976-1978, he initiated the ‘National Trachoma and Eye Health Program’, which screened more than 100,000 underprivileged natives, and reduced the rate of curable blindness by half.
  • // 1985
    Hollows worked with the ‘World Health Organization’, to eradicate preventable blindness and bring quality healthcare to the masses. In 1985, he visited Nepal to assist in the training of local technicians and to reduce the cost of eye care.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, Fred Hollows refused to acknowledge the award for honorary ‘Officer of the Order of Australia’ because of the lack of interest the government showed for Aboriginal healthcare.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he visited one of the world’s poorest countries, Eritrea, which in the middle of a fierce civil war. He established intraocular lens laboratories in both Eritrea and Nepal to provide lenses for those in need at an affordable cost.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he was named the ‘Australian of the Year’ because of the advances in eye health that he brought to the underprivileged.
  • // 3rd Sep 1992
    It was Fred’s lifelong goal to provide eye care for those who were unable to obtain it due to money or circumstances. He helped establish the ‘Fred Hollows Foundation’ to meet these goals. The foundation was launched on September 3, 1992.
  • // 10th Feb 1993
    After fighting a long battle with renal cancer he succumbed to death as the disease affected his lungs and brain. The philanthropic doctor breathed his last on 10 February, 1993.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he was entered into the Hall of Fame at the ‘NSW Aboriginal Health Awards’ for his contribution in the advancement of Aboriginal healthcare.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, the ‘Royal Australian Mint’ featured him on the one dollar coin that was a part of ‘Inspirational Australians Series’.

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Fred Hollows's FAQ

  • What is Fred Hollows birthday?

    Fred Hollows was born at 1929-04-09

  • When was Fred Hollows died?

    Fred Hollows was died at 1993-02-10

  • Where was Fred Hollows died?

    Fred Hollows was died in Sydney

  • Which age was Fred Hollows died?

    Fred Hollows was died at age 63

  • Where is Fred Hollows's birth place?

    Fred Hollows was born in Dunedin

  • What is Fred Hollows nationalities?

    Fred Hollows's nationalities is New Zealander

  • What is Fred Hollows hobbies?

    Fred Hollows's hobbies is Climbing Mountain

  • What was Fred Hollows universities?

    Fred Hollows studied at Victoria University of Wellington

  • Which company or organization was founded by Fred Hollows?

    Fred Hollows was the founder/co-founder of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Aboriginal Medical Service

  • What is Fred Hollows's sun sign?

    Fred Hollows is Aries

  • How famous is Fred Hollows?

    Fred Hollows is famouse as Ophthalmologist