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26,066 pairs of glasses would go a long way to help fixing Indigenous eye health. Additionally, 39,292 annual eye examinations for diabetic retinopathy and 4,382 cataract surgeries would be needed. These are the findings by the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in the current issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH).
The study was led by Dr Ya-seng Hsueh and Professor Hugh Taylor. They estimated the extent of the additional expenditure needed to overcome the eye health gap faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
If the funds cannot be found to provide for the examinations, surgeries and glasses then something is very wrong with government decision-making and polices and it will make a mockery of the swathe of claims that governments only need to know exactly what to spend funds on in order to address Indigenous disadvantage.
Source: The Stringer