Chairman Phil Chinnery and Medical Director Rob
Fitzpatrick were pleased to visit current student Tracey
Seymour recently at the Brain Tumour Research Group
laboratory, located within the Telethon Kids Instute in
Tracey is the seventh student assisted by the Lions Cancer
Instute over the past 22 years through the Karen and
Joshua Chinnery Memorial Scholarship, managed by the
The Karen and Joshua Chinnery Memorial Scholarship,
insgated and supported by the Lions Club of Armadale
Kelmsco and other Lions Clubs in 1995, was set up in
memory of the late wife and son of current Chairman, Lion
Phil Chinnery. Karen and Joshua both died from a brain
tumours in 1992 and 1995 respecvely.
During the visit Tracey showed Phil and Rob through the
laboratory where she does most of her work, and also took
us through an on screen presentaon of some of the
technical studies and trial results of various drugs
developed in the laboratory and being tested on tumours
cultured in mice. The results are looking promising, in
Tracey’s words “very excing”.
The Lions Cancer Instute is determined to connue the
support of students such as Tracey in the search for beer
treatments and hopefully a cure for cancer. Up to now only
one student has been able to be supported over the three
year course of study, but we are very hopeful of increasing
this to two students studying concurrently.
Of course this costs money and we appeal to all to consider
donang to the scholarship to help keep this essenal
LIONS CANCER INSTITUTE MEDICAL RESEARCH
Alternavely you may donate by Direct deposit to the
Instute’s bank: BSB 036-081 Account No. 183738.
Donaons for the scholarship should be notated
“Scholarship”. All donaons over $2 are tax deductable.
Tracey at her bench, with LCI
Medical Director Rob Fitzpatrick.
UPDATE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD VISION SCREENING
At the LEHP commiee meeng held in Melbourne 1
March 2018 the Commiee Chairman informed all
commiee members that as a result of a meeng with
representaves of the “Centre for Eye Health”, Melbourne
University (CFEH), The LEHP commiee were given their
approval to conduct early childhood vision screening using
the “Welch-Alyn Vision Spot Checker.
The CFEH is the Lions Eye Health Program technical advisor
in relaon to all maers concerning eye health and any
equipment/materials we may wish to use. CFEH has
approved of the use of the spot vision camera provided we
follow certain condions. These are:-
• Lion’s members to be accredited in the use of the
“Welch-Alyn Spot Vision Checker”. The likely format
for this will be an online course or training seminar
or both. The LEHP Management commiee has
appointed a rered optometrist to conduct the
training sessions and he is keen to visit all Lions
districts in this capacity.
• Local optometrists are to be contacted prior to
screenings being conducted.
• Parents to be made aware that persons conducng
the screening are not professionals but Lions
members who are doing this as a voluntary
• Parents to be made aware that the screening is
solely to point out possible vision problems in their
children and professional help should be sought if
any indicaon of a problem is found.
The Naonal LEHP commiee is currently looking at ways
of funding the purchase of addional Spot Vision Checkers
and in the future, may well be able to oer these devices
to Districts/Clubs at a substanally reduced cost.
The next step will be to arrange for the training of
volunteers in the use of these devices and how to conduct
a screening. Volunteers should also have completed the on
line course (LEHP.org.au/Training). This course describes
the purpose of the program and why we should be
involved in public educaon regarding eye health. This will
prepare the volunteer for the above menoned training
This will be followed up by trial screenings held at venues
to be determined
at a future date. I will keep you informed of future
Lion Kevin Barra | 0429 433 643
W1 contact is PDG Sandra Laundy 0417 186 907