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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health program aimed to address the range of eye health conditions experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy, refractive error and region-speciﬁc trachoma, by increasing access to specialist eye health services within the context of comprehensive primary health care.
Major components of the program included:
A review of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health program was conducted to determine how it was implemented and to make recommendations for future directions of the program. The review highlighted the need to further imbed the program into primary health care services, with a future emphasis on integration with services required to manage chronic disease and particularly the early detection and prevention of diabetes and its complications.
The review was conducted for the Ofﬁce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health between September 2002 and July 2003 by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous reviewers assembled by the Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Health
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The Specialist eye health guidelines for use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations cover three eye health conditions common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians:
They are based on a review of existing literature and practice, and provide information about the treatment and management of these conditions in rural and remote communities.
Although primarily for use by ophthalmologists, the guidelines are a reference for all eye health professionals working in primary health care settings, including:
Abstract adapted from the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing
The intention of the review was to determine the current state of the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Program (NATSIEHP). The report includes the program background and a summary of progress since previous recommendations were made. Other details include: the main eye conditions affecting Indigenous people; data collections; service delivery (including specialist services); and the availability and utilisation of equipment. Further recommendations suggest options for integrating the NATSIEHP into the primary health sector.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract