Friday, 1 July 2011

Closing the Indigenous eye health gap

Significant eye health and vision problems experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be reversed according to reports conducted by the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Indigenous Studies. Blindness rates among Indigenous Australians are six times those in mainstream Australia and there is a major shortfall in the provision of eye care services to Indigenous communities.

The reports reviewed more than thirty years of Indigenous eye health policy maps, estimated the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia with eye disease and vision loss and the workforce required to address the problems. Professor Hugh Taylor AC said the findings are a vital step in the nation's quest to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health.

Indigenous eye health unit home

Projected Needs for eye-care services for Indigenous Australians

A critical history of Indigenous eye health policy making

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