Kimberley eye health study
The Kimberley eye health study aimed to document the history of eye health services in the Kimberley region and provide an evaluation of the recent programs in the region in order to improve service provision and health outcomes.
The study has now completed and the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) has:
- documented the history of eye health services in the Kimberley region
- evaluated eye health services in the Kimberley and analysed diabetic retinal screening activities between 2004-2010
- trained Indigenous health workers and nurses in how to operate a digital retinal camera
- restored retinal screening programs across the Kimberley as part of chronic disease care
- further developed eye data record-keeping in a centralised database for Kimberley Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
- facilitated the forthcoming appointment of a regional eye coordinator and trainer for the region who will support and coordinate eye health services, provide ongoing training in retinal photography and help to report on retinal screening coverage
- provided plain language reports of the study findings to all health services included in the study.
The KAMSC is currently writing up the findings for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Abstract adapted from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council Inc.
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council Inc.
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Broome WA 6725
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