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Date posted: 31 May 2011
A new initiative to improve the eye health of Indigenous and remote Australians has been chosen for western New South Wales.
The Federal Government has announced $880,000 for the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists to establish mobile teams in four states and territories. The New South Wales team will start by visiting Cobar, Bourke, Brewarrina and Lighting Ridge within the next two months.
The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists Chief Executive, Kerry Gallagher, says the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) will use the funding to purchase specialist equipment. This will enable people in rural and remote areas to receive the same quality eye surgery as people in metropolitan areas and people can be treated in their own communities.