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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Breakthrough retinal camera to catch eye disease and diabetes

The most advanced technology for use in real-time detection and assessment of common blinding eye disease and general health disorders is currently being developed by the Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC) in Sydney, in collaboration with international partners from the United States, China, India and Africa.

The Intelligent Retinal Camera (IRC) will accurately and rapidly detect and eventually diagnose sight-threatening conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The camera is being designed for ease of use in the most extreme environments so that it can be used by technical support staff and in the most remote and under-served locations, especially to close the gap in eye health in Australian Indigenous communities.

'Living in remote communities seriously disadvantages patients through lack of access to optometrists and ophthalmologists. The IRC will detect, measure and assess the potential for blinding disease thus preventing lengthy delay in getting treatment to those in need in marginalised communities. Aboriginal communities will be among the first to experience and benefit from this technology thanks to the funding from the Australian Government recently announced and the partnership with Aboriginal researchers and community health experts', said Professor Brien Holden, Chief Executive Officer of Vision CRC and the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Funding for the project was provided by the Australian Government through the Cooperative Research Centres program.

Source: Vision Cooperative Research Centre

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Vision Cooperative Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Rupert Myers Building, Level 4 North Wing
Gate 14 Barker Street
Sydney NSW 2052
Ph: (02) 9385 7517
Fax: (02) 9385 7401

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Last updated: 20 February 2013
 
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