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Yalata telemedicine project



This project involved the installation of a Digital Retinography System (DRS) at Yalata Aboriginal community in South Australia in 2012, with the aim of improving eye health of local Indigenous people, particularly those with diabetes.

The DRS is a camera that is used to identify signs of diabetic retinopathy, but it can also detect other eye conditions like cataract and glaucoma. When clients visit the clinic, pictures of their eyes can be taken by Aboriginal Health Workers, nurses and non-clinical staff members. The pictures can then be sent by email or on a memory stick to the ophthalmologist in the city for review.

Funding for this project was provided to the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists by the Australian Government under the Medical specialist outreach assistance program – eye health teams for rural Australia measure.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service
PO Box 1300
Spring Hill Qld 4004
Ph: (07) 3831 3007

Related publications

Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (2012)

Yalata telemedicine project.

: Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service

This video shows how the Digital Retinography System (DRS) camera has been implemented for the screening of diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions, for Indigenous people in Yalata Aboriginal Community and surrounding areas in South Australia (SA).

Health professionals involved in the project describe how the DRS camera works and the benefits of having the DRS camera in the Yalata community.

The video includes interviews with:

Abstract adapted from Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service


Last updated: 5 February 2014
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