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Regional Development Minister, Brendon Grylls, has congratulated the team behind the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Remote-i research project for winning two awards at the recent 2011 National iAwards in Melbourne. Remote-i, which received Royalties for regions funding to deliver the program in WA's Pilbara region, is aimed at saving the eyesight of people in rural and remote areas of Australia through screening and early diagnosis.
Remote-i was awarded the national e-Health iAward for providing a low cost, high quality eye screening system that is giving people in regional Western Australia easier access to specialist ophthalmological services, as well as receiving the Victorian Government Inspiration award.
'Limited access to eye specialists across regional areas of the State can make early diagnoses and treatment of eye disease difficult,' Mr Grylls said. 'This is particularly so in the Aboriginal population where there is a high incidence of diabetes which makes them more susceptible to developing eye disease. Being able to manage eye disease using cutting edge technology over the web is a great innovation.'