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Delivering eye treatment and surgery to Indigenous Australians in the Top End

Date posted: 17 September 2013

The Northern Territory (NT) Government and the Fred Hollows Foundation have teamed up to deliver eye services across the NT with consultations and treatments being offered at Katherine District Hospital last week.

Health Minister Robyn Lambley was in Katherine last week and witnessed first-hand the services that were being offered by two visiting ophthalmologists. 'This is a successful partnership that is having a significant impact on improving Indigenous health outcomes across the Northern Territory. This project aims to reduce the cataract surgery waitlist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents within the Top End and will support the delivery of up to 150 cataract surgical procedures by the end of the year,' she said.

The services at Katherine District Hospital last week were supported by clinical and administrative staff from The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Royal Darwin Hospital and Katherine District Hospital, and included ophthalmologists, orthoptists and Indigenous liaison officers.

Source: The Fred Hollows Foundation


Last updated: 17 September 2013
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