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Date posted: 16 May 2013
The Lowitja Institute (the Institute) and the Public Health Division of the Brien Holden Vision Institute recently conducted focus group testing as part of the Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC) project Models of vision care delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The project seeks to develop and test a comprehensive model for the development of an effective workforce to deliver eye care in Australia, and ultimately ensure that affordable, accessible and culturally appropriate eye care is available for all Indigenous people. The focus groups have been exploring program challenges and identifying the key priorities required to integrate and improve eye care systems in Indigenous health services.
Collaboration from Aboriginal Medical Services management and operational staff in the north-west and New England regions of New South Wales (NSW), and the Katherine region of the Northern Territory (NT), all contributed significantly to the findings.
Similar eye care priorities were uncovered in NSW and the NT. The focus group information will help contribute to establishing and developing improved regional coordination and better delivery of eye care systems to Indigenous communities.
The Vision CRC Models of vision care delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities project includes steering committee representation from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW, the University of Melbourne's Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Optometrists Association Australia, the Lowitja Institute, Vision Care NSW and Vision 2020 Australia.
Source: The Lowitja Institute