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Specialist eye health guidelines for use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

by Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Book
Year 2001
City Canberra
Publisher Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care
Isbn 0 642 50300 1

Abstract

The Specialist eye health guidelines for use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations cover three eye health conditions common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians:

  • cataract
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • trachoma.

They are based on a review of existing literature and practice, and provide information about the treatment and management of these conditions in rural and remote communities.

Although primarily for use by ophthalmologists, the guidelines are a reference for all eye health professionals working in primary health care settings, including:

  • optometrists
  • orthoptists
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health program coordinators
  • Aboriginal Health Workers and other allied health professionals.

Abstract adapted from the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

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  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health program

    The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health program aimed to address the range of eye health conditions experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy, refractive error and region-speciļ¬c trachoma, by increasing access to specialist eye health services within the context of comprehensive primary health care.

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