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2015

Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee Eye Health Working Group (2015)

National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss: third progress report to Australian Health Ministers covering the period 2011-2014.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

The resource provides the third progress report covering the period 2011-2014 in the implementation of the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss.

State and territory jurisdictions highlight a range of activities undertaken during the reporting period, in order to achieve the key areas of action with particular attention to certain eye conditions such as trachoma, cataract, trichiasis and eye conditions relating to diabetes.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2014

Australian Department of Health (2014)

Implementation plan under the National framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

The purpose of the implementation plan is to build on existing eye health care services and programmes, support coordination of effort, provide guidance on the mechanisms to address key priorities, identify indicators and other measures of progress, and guide investment and future activity and action.

Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health

2011

Department of Health and Ageing (2011)

Visiting Optometrists scheme.

Retrieved 20 May 2011 from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/ruralhealth-vos

The Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS) was established in 1975 to provide funding to optometrists to deliver outreach eye care services to people living in regional, rural and remote locations, who do not have ready access to primary eye care services. In 2009-10 the VOS was expanded to provide increased optometry services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in remote and very remote locations.

Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2011)

Improving eye and ear health services for Indigenous Australians for better education and employment outcomes.

Retrieved 2011 from

The implementation of the Improving eye and ear health services for Indigenous Australians for better education and employment outcomes measure is managed by the Eyes and Ears Section of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. The measure expands eye and ear health services for Indigenous Australians, providing $58.3 million over four years from 2009-10.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

2010

HealthConsult (2010)

Review of current arrangements for the collection, recording, transfer and reporting of national trachoma data.

Canberra: Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

The report reviews the current arrangement for trachoma surveillance and reporting and provides recommendations for an improved and expanded arrangement. The review emphasises the importance of reliable and representative data on trachoma prevalence and control activities be collected and reported on a regular basis in the future.

Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health and Ageing

2008

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

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

2006

Communicable Disease Network Australia (2006)

Guidelines for the public health management of trachoma in Australia.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

These guidelines establish a minimum best-practice approach for the public health management of trachoma in Australia. The content includes a brief history of trachoma and discusses:

  • prevalence of trachoma in Australia
  • responsibility for trachoma control activities
  • the World Health Organization SAFE strategy
  • methods of educating the health workforce and engaging the community.

The guidelines acknowledge that appropriate engagement with the local community, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people, is a pre-requisite to implementing the WHO SAFE (Surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement) strategy and therefore an essential part of effective trachoma control.

Abstract adapted from Communicable Disease Network Australia

2005

Access Economics (2005)

Investing in sight: strategic interventions to prevent vision loss in Australia.

Melbourne: Eye Research Australia

The report analyses at strategic policy interventions that can provide a comprehensive assessment of spending required, and where it might best be directed, to eradicate preventable blindness/vision impairment and its impact through early detection, prevention, rehabilitation, education and research.

Abstract adapted from Eye Research Australia

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

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

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:

  • reducing the risk of eye disease and injury
  • increasing early detection
  • improving access to care
  • improving the quality and systems of care
  • improving the evidence base.

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

 
Last updated: 17 February 2017
 
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