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TEAMSnet (Telehealth Eye and Associated Medical Services Network)



This program aimed to use Internet and mobile technologies, such as iPads and mobile phones, to provide accurate, low cost eye exams and coordinated diabetes and heart care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote parts of the Northern Territory and Central Australia.

A mobile, web-based, disease management tool was trialled at four remote Aboriginal sites with the aim of empowering Indigenous Health Workers (IHW) to care for the eye health of people at a local, community level.

TEAMSnet was a collaborative program between the University of Melbourne, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), Centre for Eye Research Australia and the University of Sydney Clinical Trials Centre. It was additionally funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Abstract adapted from the Fred Hollows Foundation and the University of Melbourne


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

Related publications

University of Melbourne (2012)

Visions: combating diabetic blindness [video].

: University of Melbourne

This audiovisual presentation explains TEAMSnet, a program to reduce diabetes-related blindness and combat chronic disease among Indigenous Australians. Visions uses interviews with the University of Melbourne's Associate Professor Sven-Erik Burcell, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the Fred Hollows Foundation, Brian Doolan, and Associate Professor Eosse Lamoureux from the Centre for Eye Research Australia, to detail how the development of a mobile, web-based, disease management tool will empower Indigenous Health Workers (IHW) to care for the eye health of people at a local, community level.

TEAMSnet facilitates the monitoring and timely treatment of patients in rural and remote areas and accesses the specialist diagnostic services of clinics in Sydney and Melbourne to address preventable blindness, including diabetic retinopathy and cardiovascular disease.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Brazionis L, Jenkins A, Keech A, Ryan C, Bursell S (2017)

An evaluation of the telehealth facilitation of diabetes and cardiovascular care in remote Australian Indigenous communities: - protocol for the telehealth eye and associated medical services network [TEAMSnet] project, a pre-post study design.

BMC Health Services Research; 17(1): 13

Retrieved 5 January 2017 from


Last updated: 23 March 2018
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