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This program aimed to improve the eye health of the Queensland population with an alliance of 23 vision related organisations. The program was inspired by the National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss (National framework) along with the Victorian Vision initiative.
Its key objectives were to:
Abstract adapted from Queensland Vision Initiative
The report focuses on the progress of implementing the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness, covering November 2005 to July 2008. The focus of the National Eye Health Framework is on the elimination of avoidable blindness and vision loss in Australia.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
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
This report examines the major avoidable causes of blindness and vision loss in Australia, It provides information about the eye health care workforce and the delivery of eye health programs and services in Australia. The intended audience for the report includes health planners, policy makers and other interested people concerned with promoting eye health and preventing avoidable blindness in Australia.
Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health and Ageing