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Funding boost for Aboriginal eye health by the Victorian Coalition Government

Date posted: 2 August 2013

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced a $750,000 boost to deliver the Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme (VASSS). Minister for Health, David Davis, announced the new funding for the scheme, commenting that the Coalition Government is committed to closing the gap and improving health outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

The scheme is delivered by the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) in partnership with Aboriginal community controlled health organisations and a network of optometrists in regional Victoria. Eye clinics and subsidised glasses for Indigenous community members are available through participating optometrists across Victoria. The ACO also delivers bulk billed eye clinics across many of Victoria's regional and rural Aboriginal health services.

The scheme builds on the Victorian Government's Vision 2020 initiative with funding of $2.55 million over three years aimed at preventing vision loss among at-risk groups.

Indigenous patients wishing to attend an eye clinic are encouraged to contact their local Aboriginal health service to make an appointment.

A list of participating optometrists can be found on the VASSS link below. Alternatively, contact the Australian College of Optometry for nearby locations.


Australian College of Optometry
Ph: (03) 9349 7400


Last updated: 2 August 2013
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