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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Visionary new eye project brings hope to the North West

A visionary new community eye surgery service was launched this week in Karratha which will benefit 12,000 people living across the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) project is a joint initiative of the Federal Government's Department of Health and Ageing and the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists.

IRIS taskforce chair Dr Mark Loane said, 'The IRIS innovation vision is to create a total, borderless, co-ordinated national eye health care service using the top-of-the-range portable medical equipment, without patients having to travel to access it.'

The regular service will initially operate our of Nickol Bay Hospital in Karratha and will be staffed by two ophthalmologists, an orthoptist and eye health coordinators.

IRIS was established in 2010 and has also received additional Federal Government funding to purchase equipment for projects planned in South Australia, New South Wales and Central Australia/Northern Territory, to be launched later this year.

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Last updated: 16 June 2011
 
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