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The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has launched a new mobile eye care service to the remote north west area of Victoria. It brings much needed eye care to Ouyen and surrounding districts. The Mobile Eye Care service is a partnership between Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Victoria, the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) and the Mallee Track Health and Community Services (MTH&CS).
Under the program, optometrists from the ACO will fly to Mildura and then use a RFDS mobile eye care vehicle to travel to Ouyen and surrounding communities. As well as using the rooms at MTH&CS, ACO optometrists will take eye care and education out to community centres such as kindergartens, schools and aged care facilities.
RFDS Victoria Chief Executive, Scott Chapman, said the Flying Doctors were committed to taking health care to areas with limited access to these services. 'Currently, the nearest optometry service for people in and around Ouyen is in Mildura – which can be difficult to access, particularly for elderly people or those with impaired vision.'
The ACO Chief Executive, Maureen O’Keefe said the new service will enable the detection and management of eye disease, leading to a reduction in vision impairment. In addition, the service will also supply affordable spectacles. 'The service has had a great start – and we're delighted to be able to broaden our primary health care services in the Mallee,' said Lois O'Callaghan, Director of Community Services from MTHCS.