Open Letter

To His Excellency the Governor-General of Australia, the Honourable David Hurley

Dear Sir,

Re: Your Patronship of the Glaucoma Australia Foundation

Over the past two years I contacted you/your office, several times, informing you of the documented facts that the so-called founders, of the foundation, of which you’re the patron, Professor Ivan Goldberg AM and Kathrin Holmes OAM, received their honours by falsely claiming to be the founders of what is now called, GLAUCOMA AUSTRALIA.
In 1986 I launched the inception of the “Glaucoma Foundation of Australia”. This fact is well documented in minutes of meetings, newspapers and TV news. The very first meeting was held at the Royal College of Ophthalmology head office in Sydney on the 9 September 1986.

In January of 1987 I published my first booklet titled “Glaucoma IT CAN SEND YOU BLIND“ aimed to prevent blindness in Australia by awareness. Thus, being the first booklet written and published in Australia by a glaucoma sufferer.

Over the past 30 years I devoted my energy and meagre financial resources to the prevention of blindness from glaucoma in Australia, and, as documented, put my life on the line!

Over the years I received many threats to my life and family, which some I reported to the local Police but I continued with my campaign and outspokenness.

In May of 2001 I was shot twice at my front door with a .38 caliber revolver. The investigating police officer, Detective Gavin Nicholson concluded that a contract was out to have me killed.

Recently I documented these allegations in my compilation of over 30 years of documented experiences, pain and suffering I endured by continuing with my campaign, devoted to the prevention of avoidable blindness from glaucoma in Australia.

Worldwide, there are over 70 million glaucoma sufferers, among them many thousands are Australians, who lost their precious eyesight from this preventable disease!

Sir, I keep my letter short because my story is well documented in my e-book
I am deeply concerned by the fact that you/your office totally ignored my previous correspondence concerning my very serious allegations made against Goldberg and Holmes, allegations and irrefutably documented in my e-book.

At this point in time I refrain from accusing you/your office of xenophobe discrimination.

I assure you, Sir, that I never will be silenced on these matters, which are so close to my heart.
I trust that you will investigate these matters.

Rolf L. Kaiser
2 February 2022

October 2021

Over the past two years I contacted the office of the Governor-General, informing them that the recipients of an AM, Professor Ivan Goldberg and Kathleen Holmes, OAM, received their honours by falsely claiming to be the founders of Glaucoma Australia.

The irrefutable and documented evidence was provided in my e-book to the Governor-General.

This is what I wrote:

I am compelled to inform you that professor Ivan Goldberg, AM, and Kathleen Holmes, OAM, received their honours by deception, by falsely claiming to be the founders of Glaucoma Australia.

My accusation is irrefutably documented in my e-book.

I trust you are investigating my most serious allegations.

I never received a reply nor an acknowledgement of my correspondence.

Just recently I discovered that, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). is the Patron of Glaucoma Australia. Is it any wonder that my information concerning the falsehood of Goldberg and Holmes are swept under the carpet?

I now accuse the Governor-General, and/or his office, of dishonestly siding with the deceitful manipulations of Goldberg and Holmes claims for the Australian honours.

An excerpt from Glaucoma Australia’s statements:

In 1986, ophthalmologist Clinical Professor Ivan Goldberg and glaucoma patient Kathleen Holmes, formed a Steering Committee to create an organisation to support the needs of patients across Australia. By 1988 the Foundation had …

Glaucoma Australia is delighted to announce our new patron, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). The Governor-General will serve as Patron of Glaucoma Australia, …

Documents, included in my e-book, conclusively prove that in fact I am the founder of, what is now called GLAUCOMA AUSTRALIA.

In an attempt to silence me I was shot twice at close range with a 38-calibre revolver.

I brought this to the attention of the American Glaucoma Foundation, which hailed Professor Ivan Goldberg, AM, as a hero.

Email reply to me from The Glaucoma Foundation…

Elena Sturman
Thu, Sep 30, 9:40 AM

Thank you for letting me know.

Elena Sturman
President and CEO
The Glaucoma Foundation
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 700
New York, NY 10038

September 2020

I drew the attention of Mr David Andrews, the Chief Executive Officer of RANZCO* to the unethical behaviour of professor Ivan Goldberg AM, referring to the chapter in my eBook, which does support my allegations that, Professor Goldberg, is indeed a dishonest person, a Plagiarist.

I followed this up, by informing Mr Andrews about several Ophthalmologists, I accuse of breaching the code of conduct/ethics. One of them stands accused of the criminal act, of perverting the course of justice, by providing a knowingly false statutory declaration into court evidence.

The ‘GENTLEMEN’ referred to are:

  • Professor Ivan Goldberg AM
  • Dr. Heery, Ophthalmologist of Albury
  • Dr. James La Nauze, Ophthalmologist, Melbourne, previously from Albury
  • Dr Michael Delaney, Ophthalmologist, Sydney
  • Mr Laurie Pincott, previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

In spite of the most serious allegations, indisputably documented in my eBook, the Chief Executive Officer of RANZCO, had this to say:


Dear Mr Kaiser,

I acknowledge receipt of your email but I will not be doing anything with this as you have not sought any specific action.

Yours sincerely,
David Andrews
28 February, 2020

Given the seriousness of my allegations, I sincerely believe that the onus is on the Chief Executive to investigate allegations, such as breaches of the code of ethics and/or standards, without my prompting! Furthermore, given the high profile of the accused persons, would it be too far fetched to entertain the thought, that the attempt upon my life was indeed financed/sanctioned, by anyone of the accused persons, as an individual? Conspiring with others? Or perhaps even by the Royal College itself?

Furthermore, would the high profile of the accused persons explain the fact that the Albury Police Command is actively hushing-up an attempted Murder?

Rolf Kaiser
10 September, 2020


* The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists