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Date posted: 20 March 2014
Diabetes related blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is 14 times higher than in non-Indigenous populations. This statistic has kick started a series of Brien Holden Vision Institute programs working to identify and remove gaps in the delivery of eye care services for patients with diabetes as well as improve detection and enable earlier treatment of diabetic eye disease.
Working with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Centres, researchers reviewed eye care service delivery patterns at locations in the Northern Territory and New South Wales. From this, they were able to develop practical tools to clarify eye care referral pathways and identified areas to strengthen.
Using the outcomes of the research, improved programs for diabetic eye care are now being developed.
Source: Brien Holden Vision Institute