One of the ORIA’s founders and benefactors was Dame Ida Mann, DBE. Dame Ida Mann was a distinguished ophthalmologist whose long-term association with Australia began when she moved from England to Perth, Western Australia after World War II. She diagnosed a trachoma epidemic amongst indigenous people in the Kimberleys and travelled extensively in Western Australia in order to examine and treat indigenous people with trachoma. Mann became convinced that better housing and sanitation, rather than administration of antibiotics, would improve this health crisis. She was appointed as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 14 June 1980 for services to the welfare of Aboriginal people. She died in November 1983.

Pictured is A/Prof Jamie Craig of Flinders University presenting the Dame Ida Mann lecture at a previous RANZCO Congress. A/Prof Craig currently holds an ORIA Grant.

 In recognition of the hard work performed by those who helped form the ORIA, we post a photo of the Board taken in 1957.

Back row – Left to Right;  Hugh Ryan, Kelvin Lindgett, Ron Lowe, Bruce Hamilton, Bill Deane-Butcher, Sir Norman Gregg

Front row – Left to Right;  Walter Lockhart Gibson, John Pockling, Dame Ida Mann, Archie Anderson, Arthur Joyce, A L Fostevin.