Speakers Profile - Gabi Hollows

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Gabi Hollows graduated as an Orthoptist in 1972 and it was during this training she first met Fred Hollows.

After initially working in Newcastle and Gosford, Gabi took up a position at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick (NSW, Australia).

In 1976 she joined the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. The program was initiated and led by Fred Hollows and sponsored by the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists and the Australian Government.

For three years, Gabi and Fred worked with Australian Aboriginal people visiting over 465 remote Aboriginal communities.

Gabi and Fred were married in 1980 and had five children.

Since Fred Hollows' death on 10 February 1993, Gabi has has worked tirelessly for The Fred Hollows Foundation (which was formally launched by Hazel Hawke on 3 September 1992).

Gabi is a Founding Director of the Board, Patron of the Miracle Club and the public face of The Foundation.

Following her earlier work in the field, Gabi remains passionate about and committed to The Foundation's indigenous health projects.

Through her work with The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi has been awarded an Advance Australia Award for Community Service, a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and has been named as one of Australia's 100 Living National Treasures.