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2017

Johnstone H, Harvey M, Willson J (2017)

Indigenous eye health measures 2016.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Department of Health has funded the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for three years to develop and report annually on a set of Indigenous eye health measures. This first report includes wide-ranging and comprehensive eye health data at the national, state and regional levels. The measures cover the prevalence of vision impairment and blindness; diagnosis and screening; treatment; workforce and outreach programs. They provide an evidence base for monitoring changes in Indigenous eye health over time, for assessing access to and use of eye health services and for identifying gaps in service delivery.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

2016

Gray B, Jensen L, Webster A (2016)

Eye health workforce in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health (2016)

Non mydriatic retinal photography: a roundtable in preparation for new MBS items for people with diabetes.

Melbourne: Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne

This report provides a summary and overview of the main discussion areas and ideas presented at the July 2016 non-mydriatic retinal photography roundtable. The roundtable, hosted by the University of Melbourne Indigenous Eye Health Unit was in preparation for the new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for people with diabetes available for use in November 2016. Included in the report is:

  • background information on the new MBS items and diabetic retinopathy screening
  • identification of the barriers to successfully implementing the new MBS items
  • identifying and workshopping solutions to the barriers
  • discussions on the approaches and actions in the lead up to 1 November 2016 and beyond.

Abstract adapted from University of Melbourne

Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health (2016)

Planning sustainable and co-ordinated Indigenous eye health services roundtable.

Melbourne: Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne

Moynihan V, Turner A (2016)

Coordination of diabetic retinopathy screening in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12290):

2015

Australian Department of Health (2015)

Visiting Optometrists Scheme service delivery standards.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

The guideline outlines the standards and policies used to guide the deployment of the Visiting Optometrist Scheme (VOS). The scheme aims to remove the financial barriers to the provision of outreach services in vision.

The resource identifies an area of improvement in coordination, integration and communication and aims to addressed this through linkages with the planning and service delivery processes undertaken by state/territory funded health organisations, primary health organisations, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector and other relevant stakeholders at the jurisdiction and local level.

The guideline covers:

  • eligible locations
  • priority locations
  • participating optometrists
  • service planning
  • who can propose a service?
  • services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • service termination
  • branch practice

The Visiting Optometrists Scheme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and will be administered by Rural Health West.

Abstract adapted from Australian Department of Health

Johnson KA, Meyer J, Yazar S, Turner AW (2015)

Real-time teleophthalmology in rural Western Australia.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 23(3): 142–149

Napper G, Arkapaw L, Anjou M, Morse A, Pollard M (2015)

Growing an optometry workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Paper presented at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. 24-27 May 2015, Darwin

O’Hara M, Withers D (2015)

Our people, our places and unpredictability.

Paper presented at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. 24-27 May 2015, Darwin

2014

Mackey P, Boxall A-M, Partel P (2014)

The relative effectiveness of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services compared with mainstream health service.

Health Policy Evidence Briefs; (12): 1-9

Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health (2014)

Indigenous Eye Health: health promotion roundtable.

Melbourne: Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne

Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health (2014)

Regional implementation roundtable report April 2014.

Melbourne: Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne

Morse A, Ismail S, Waddell C, Arkapaw L (2014)

Primary health care training for efficient optometry services.

Paper presented at the 2014 National SARRAH Conference. 17-20 September 2014, Kingscliff, NSW

2013

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR (2013)

Local co-ordination and case management can enhance Indigenous eye care -- a qualitative study.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 255

Retrieved 3 July 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-255

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Allied health workforce 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Optometrists' Association Australia (2013)

Guidelines on the provision of sustainable eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Clinical and Experimental Optometry; 96(4): 422–423

Vision 2020 Australia (2013)

Implementation plan for national framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss: sector consultation report.

Melbourne: Vision2020 Australia

This resource summarises the consultation on the Implementation Plan for the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss with the Australian Governments Department of Health and Ageing, in conjunction with Vision2020 Australia. The purpose of the consultation was to:

  • identify priorities for addressing eye health and vision care issues of national significance under the National Framework
  • improve access to comprehensive eye care and rehabilitation services
  • meet obligations under the draft Global Action Plan 2014 - 2019.

Abstract adapted from Vision 2020 Australia

Wicks P, Cook D, Waddell C, Layland B, Bailey S (2013)

The important role of the regional eye health coordinator in NSW.

Paper presented at the 12th National Rural Health conference. 7-10 April 2013, Adelaide

2012

Anjou MD, Boudvile AI, Taylor HR (2012)

We can see the gap: regional eye health coordination for Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 36(2): 12-16

In-service training for remote primary health care workers in Australia: a novel and useful mode of education delivery (2012)

Arkapaw L, Morse A, Keys T, Stern J

This poster was created for the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) 2012 National Conference, 'Rural and Remote Practice: Totally Wild!'. The poster summaries the findings of a recent study conducted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute evaluating the usefulness and relevance of their eye health training programs for remote Primary Health Care Workers (PHCWs).

The poster contains:

  • a brief overview of the role of PHCWs in the provision of eye health services in remote communities
  • an outline of the implementation of the training program and methods used to evaluate its usefulness and relevance
  • the outcomes of the training program
  • a discussion of the studies relevance to training delivery for remote PHCWs.

The poster offers a useful summary of the implementation and evaluation of the Institute's training program for all those working in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health policy and practice, in particular, those involved in training delivery to PHCWs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Optometrists' experiences in short-term locum placements in remote Aboriginal community health centres (2012)

Arkapaw L, Morse A, Keys T

This poster was created for the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) 2012 National Conference, 'Rural and Remote Practice: Totally Wild!'. The poster summaries the findings of a recent study conducted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute into the motivation, successes and challenges of locum optometrists working in remote Northern Territory (NT) communities on short-term placements, by analysing common themes in their pre- and post-trip feedback forms and questionnaires.

The poster contains:

  • a brief overview of eye health services available in remote communities in the NT
  • the methods used to collate and analyse the data from pre-existing forms and questionnaires
  • the results of the analysis, including the most commonly reported motivations given for wanting to participate, highlights and challenges
  • a discussion of the results outlining their relevance to the recruitment of locum practitioners.

The poster offers a useful summary of the Institute's analysis for all those working in Australian Indigenous eye health policy and practice, in particular, those involved in the recruitment of rural and remote practitioners.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Health Policy Analysis (2012)

Evaluation of the medical specialist outreach assistance program and the visiting optometrists scheme: final report volume 1.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

2011

International Centre for Eyecare Education (2011)

Annual reviews.

Kensington, NSW: International Centre for Eyecare Education

Vision 2020 Australia (2011)

Regional Eye Health Coordinators workshop final report 2011.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

 
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