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Sight For All (SFA) is working together with The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) and the Adelaide Crows Football Club in the planning of eye disease awareness and prevention campaigns for local communities. Andrew McLeod is an ambassador and Lowitja O'Donoghue is a patron to help support SFA in the quest for better eye health.
As part of the campaign Aboriginal hip hop artist Colin Darcy (aka Caper) has written a song called Eyes, the lyrics of which have been designed to raise awareness of the major blinding diseases that afflict the Aboriginal Australian people. It will be broadcast on Aboriginal radio and TV and played at community events. A double page spread placed in the AFL Crows scrapbook goes out to 40,000 school kids in South Australia, including Aboriginal kids, to promote eye health.
Abstract adapted from Sight For All
Level 8, East Wing, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, SA 5000
Big city trip is a an 11 minute educational film which aims to help Indigenous people from remote communities understand what happens when a patient travels to the city to have eye treatment, in particular cataract surgery, and then returns back to their home.
The film was developed by Sight For All, a non-government organisation based at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology in Adelaide and committed to fighting avoidable blindness.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
Sight For All launched the music video Eyes in September 2011 which highlights the problem of eye disease among Australian Aboriginal people.
Written and performed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Colin Darcy (a.k.a. Caper), the video features Aboriginal AFL players from the Adelaide Crows and Port Power. It will be broadcast widely through the outback communities during community visits and on local radio and TV.
The project is expected to run for one year and was funded by Sight For All Foundation.
Abstract adapted from Sight For All Foundation