Roadmap to Close the Gap for vision: full report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are currently six times more likely to go blind than the general population and 94 percent of the vision loss is unnecessary, preventable, or treatable. The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision project has been conducted by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at The University of Melbourne. The aim is to "Close the Gap for Vision" by eliminating the known differences in the standard of eye health in Indigenous Australians compared to mainstream Australians.

The overall aim of this review of health service provision was to develop a model of eye care for Indigenous Australians for presentation to the Australian Government. The project objectives included the identification of the specific limitations and restrictions of the current funding mechanisms that support visiting eye care services to remote areas; the identification of barriers to access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to existing eye care services in urban and rural areas and ways to overcome them; the identification of key components in enhancing the pathway of care for the provision of eye services through Aboriginal Health Services; and the identification of the economic implications of the proposed policy changes.

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