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Funding for the purchase of eye health testing and treatment equipment for mobile health teams in Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales has been announced by the Minister for Indigenous Health.
The $880,000 will include the planned ‘EyeInfoNet' web resource, to be developed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet at Edith Cowan University, two satellite TV broadcast programs for eye health professionals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the Regional Health Education Foundation, and a national workshop for coordinators organised by Vision 2020 Australia on 28-29 June 2011.
'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience a disproportionately high rate of eye diseases, including cataracts at a rate 12 times higher, and blindness rates 6.2 times higher' Mr Snowdon said.
The Australian Government recognises that poor eye and ear health has a big impact on Indigenous Australians' lives and education and employment opportunities.
Minister for Indigenous Health
Ph: (02) 6277 7820