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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme (VASSS)



The Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme (VASSS) provides subsidised visual aids (spectacles/glasses) to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians.

VASSS is a Closing the health gap initiative funded by the Victorian Department of Health and administered by the Australian College of Optometry, in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and a network of optometrists in regional Victoria.

It allows patients to access a specifically designed pair of frames along with the prescribed lens for a contribution of $10.

Abstract adapted from the Australian College of Optometry


Genevieve Napper
Manager Aboriginal Services
Email: gnapper@aco.org.au

Cheryl Vickery
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Email: cvickery@aco.org.au

Australian College of Optometry
Corner Keppel and Cardigan Streets
Carlton Vic 3053
Ph: (03) 9349 7400
Fax: (03) 9349 7498
Email: aco@aco.org.au

Related publications

Eye care services and subsidised glasses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members - Victoria (2014)

Australian College of Optometry

This factsheet contains information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians about accessing eye health care in the state. It includes information about:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Victorian Department of Health (2012)

The Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme evaluation report 2012.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria


Last updated: 22 July 2014
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