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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 living in Victoria (Vic).

VASSS is a Closing the Health Gap initiative funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as part of Koolin Balit - the Vic Government strategic directions for Aboriginal Health, and is supported by the Vic Eyecare Service. It is 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. Unfortunately transitions lenses and spare pairs are not available under the $10 scheme but are available at extra cost (ask your optometrist for details).

Abstract adapted from the Australian College of Optometry


Genevieve Napper
Manager Aboriginal Services

Cheryl Vickery
Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Australian College of Optometry
Corner Keppel and Cardigan Streets
Carlton Vic 3053
Ph: (03) 9349 7400
Fax: (03) 9349 7498

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
186 Nicholson St
Fitzroy Vic3065
Ph: (03) 9419 3301
Optometry clinic operates Tuesdays and Fridays

Bunurong Health Service
3 Carroll Ave
Dandenong Vic 3175
Ph: (03) 9794 5933
Optometry clinic operates monthly

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: 7 March 2018
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