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Vision Initiative - ACT (Australian Capital Territory)

 

Overview

This program aimed to develop strategies to improve the eye health of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) population with a partnership of health care organisations working together. The program was in response to the National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss (National framework).

Its key objectives were to:

The program was guided by a steering committee with representation from organisations within the ACT and national eye care and health sector.

Abstract adapted from the Vision Initiative website

Contacts

Email: info@vision2020australia.org.au

Related publications

Department of Health and Ageing (2008)

National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss: progress report to Australian Health Ministers' Conference.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Commonwealth of Australia (2005)

National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

The National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss (National eye health framework) was developed in response to World Health Assembly resolution WHA 56.26 which calls on all member countries to develop national vision plans to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

The National eye health framework aims to provide a blueprint for nationally coordinated action by governments, health professionals, non-government organisations, industry and individuals to work in partnership to reduce the incidence of avoidable vision loss in Australia. It does not focus on any one specific eye condition, but rather seeks to address the underlying issues common to the prevention and treatment of eye disease and vision loss in general. The Framework sets out strategies in the following key areas for action:

The Framework document is accompanied by a background paper entitled Eye health in Australia which provides background information about eye disease in Australia, including the prevalence of eye disease and injury, current treatment options and the economic and social impact of blindness and vision loss. It also provides an overview of the international and national policy context, information about the Australian eye health workforce, major eye health programs and services and related public health strategies.

Department of Health and Ageing abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing, Victorian Department of Human Services (2005)

Eye health in Australia: a background paper to the national framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

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Last updated: 14 September 2016
 
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