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Vision 2020 Australia has finalised its first funding and policy proposal for consideration by the Australian Government and the Opposition, following the announcement of the 14 September 2013 Australian federal election.
The proposal, Progressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and vision care, lists recommendations the eye health sector would like to see adopted by both sides of politics, and includes a call for an additional capped funding commitment of $67.13 million over three years to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and vision care.
Vision 2020 Australia endorses strengthening current programs such as the Medical specialists outreach assistance program and Visiting optometrists scheme, and integrating eye health into broader health infrastructure such as medicare locals and local hospital networks. They also support a focus on coordination through Aboriginal community controlled health services in order to strengthen partnerships, enhance referrals, and maximise efficiencies.
A second proposal from Vision 2020 Australia, Progressing eye health and vision care in Australia, is nearing completion. The second proposal calls on the Australian Government to fulfill its international commitments, and seeks funding to build on past investments and ensure Australia continues to be a world leader in eye health.
The two proposals, prepared by Vision 2020 Australia on behalf of its members, recognise what has been achieved to date, but importantly, identify that more needs to be done towards the elimination of avoidable blindness and reducing the impact of vision loss.
Source: Vision 2020 Australia