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The Fred Hollows Foundation is planning to improve sight for 30 Indigenous patients in New South Wales during an eye surgery marathon. The Foundation will perform the cataract surgeries in Bourke next week with Aboriginal people from Bourke, Walgett, Brewarrina, Lightning Ridge, Cobar, Canbelego, Enngonia and Coonamble to receive treatment.
Jacki Adams-Barton from the Foundation says the intensive cataract surgery is part of a pilot project to restore sight to 200 Indigenous Australians. 'It's to show there's a different model of surgery that can be implemented in hospitals.'
'If everyone gets on board there's a whole process around coordinating all the relevant parties to make it happen, including people feeling comfortable with travelling and being supported at the hospital, but definitely well worth it when you've got 30 people who will walk away being able to see clearly.'
She says she hopes the surgeries being done in Bourke this week help to raise awareness about eye health among Indigenous Australians.
Source: ABC online Indigenous news