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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

National Indigenous eye health survey

 

Overview

Launched in 2009, the National Indigenous eye health survey (NIEHS) reports on the prevalence and causes of vision impairment, utilisation of eye care services, barriers to health and the impact of vision impairment in the Indigenous population.

The NIEHS provides definitive and quantitative data to inform the planning and advocacy of eye care service delivery, enhance existing services and develop new referral methods. The final report will form the basis of the Government's National Eye Health Framework. Ultimately the NIEHS aims to ensure that eye care services are available and accessible for all Australians.

Centre for Eye Research Australia abstract

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Centre for Eye Research Australia
Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
Peter Howson Wing
Level 1, 32 Gisborne Street
East Melbourne Vic 3002
Ph: (03) 9929 8360
Fax: (03) 9662 3859
Email: cera-info@unimelb.edu.au

Related publications

Closing the gap for vision: regional implementation (2012)

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR

This poster was created for the Victorian Department of Health, Aboriginal Health Conference, 'Aboriginal health - everyone's responsibility', and uses images and bullet points to summarise the translation of Indigenous eye care policy recommendations - from The roadmap to close the gap for vision - into practice, across Victoria. It covers the following areas to propose a plan:

The poster offers a useful summary for all those working in Australian Indigenous eye health policy and practice, with particular benefit to those in Victoria.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Eye care is an issue: improving the pathways of care (2012)

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR

This poster was created for the Lowitja Institute 2012 National Conference on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, 'CQI for everyday and everybody', and uses diagrams and bullet points to explain the barriers and solutions to close the gap for Indigenous eye health. It covers the following areas to argue for CQI:

The poster offers a useful summary for all those working in Australian Indigenous eye health policy and practice.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Turner AW, Xie J, Arnold A-L, Taylor HR (2011)

Eye health service access and utilization in the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(7): 598-603

Commonwealth of Australia (2005)

National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

The National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss (National eye health framework) was developed in response to World Health Assembly resolution WHA 56.26 which calls on all member countries to develop national vision plans to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

The National eye health framework aims to provide a blueprint for nationally coordinated action by governments, health professionals, non-government organisations, industry and individuals to work in partnership to reduce the incidence of avoidable vision loss in Australia. It does not focus on any one specific eye condition, but rather seeks to address the underlying issues common to the prevention and treatment of eye disease and vision loss in general. The Framework sets out strategies in the following key areas for action:

The Framework document is accompanied by a background paper entitled Eye health in Australia which provides background information about eye disease in Australia, including the prevalence of eye disease and injury, current treatment options and the economic and social impact of blindness and vision loss. It also provides an overview of the international and national policy context, information about the Australian eye health workforce, major eye health programs and services and related public health strategies.

Department of Health and Ageing abstract

Taylor HR, National Indigenous Eye Health Survey Team (2009)

National Indigenous eye health survey: minum barreng (tracking eyes): full report.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, The University of Melbourne

This report details the findings of the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey which was conducted in 2008 to define:

The survey was designed to plan and prioritise the effective delivery of eye care for Indigenous people. Overall 2,883 Indigenous people were examined. The report records the extent of eye health problems such as refractive error, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, blindness and trachoma.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor HR, Fox SS, Xie J, Dunn RA, Arnold A-LMR, Keeffe JE (2010)

The prevalence of trachoma in Australia: the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(5): 248-253

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Last updated: 14 November 2013
 
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