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2015

Abouzeid M, Anjou MD, Taylor HR (2015)

Equity in vision in Australia is in sight.

Medical Journal of Australia; 203(1): 21-23

The road map to close the gap for vision comprises of 42 recommendations that aim to eliminate disparities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. The recommendations seek to:

  • increase accessibility and uptake of eye care services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
  • improve coordination between eye care providers, primary care and hospital services
  • improve awareness of eye health among patients and clinicians
  • ensure culturally appropriate health services.

Abstract adapted from Medical Journal of Australia

PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (2015)

The value of Indigenous sight: an economic analysis.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health

The purpose of this report is to estimate the economic impacts of eliminating unnecessary vision loss for Indigenous Australians. The report compares the economic impacts of continuing provision of current eye care services and programs to the additional economic impacts that would be generated by implementing the recommendations outlined in the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Eye Health Unit

Taylor HR, Jatkar U, Anjou M (2015)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision: summary report September 2015.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health

This report summarises and develops the findings and recommendations in The roadmap to close the gap for vision: full report released in 2012. It builds on the 2008 National Indigenous eye health survey and various successful eye care programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The report provides brief information on various topics including:

  • the current status of Indigenous eye health
  • causes of vision loss
  • the patient journey
  • the pathway of care
  • diabetes and eye care
  • trachoma.

The report highlights the need for increased eye services in remote areas and increased utilisation in all areas. It makes 42 specific recommendations and recommends policy changes to improve the quality and sustainability of eye care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2014

Indigenous Eye Health Unit (2014)

2014 annual update on the implementation of the roadmap to close the gap for vision.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report provides an update for the implementation of the recommendations originating from the National Indigenous eye health survey undertaken in 2008. The Roadmap to close the gap for vision project provided the forum for the implementation of the recommendations covering nine domains of activity including:

  1. primary eye care as part of comprehensive primary health care
  2. Indigenous access to eye health services
  3. coordination
  4. eye health workforce
  5. elimination of trachoma
  6. monitoring and evaluation
  7. governance
  8. health promotion and awareness
  9. health financing.

The 2014 update highlights the significant reduction in the national prevalence of trachoma from 14% in 2009 to 4% in 2013.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2013

Indigenous Eye Health (2013)

2013 annual update on the implementation of the roadmap to close the gap for vision.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health

This report provides an update for the implementation of the recommendations originating from the National Indigenous eye health survey undertaken in 2008. The Roadmap to close the gap for vision project provided the forum for the implementation of the recommendations covering nine domains of activity including:

  1. primary eye care as part of comprehensive primary health care
  2. Indigenous access to eye health services
  3. coordination
  4. eye health workforce
  5. elimination of trachoma
  6. monitoring and evaluation
  7. governance
  8. health promotion and awareness
  9. health financing.

The 2013 update highlights the significant reduction in the national prevalence of trachoma from 14% in 2009 to 4% in 2012.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Eye Health Unit

Taylor HR, Boudville A, Anjou M, McNeil R (2013)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision: April 2013 summary report.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report summarises and develops the findings and recommendations in The roadmap to close the gap for vision: full report released in 2012. It builds on the 2008 National Indigenous eye health survey and various successful eye care programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The report provides brief information on various topics including:

  • the current status of Indigenous eye health
  • co-ordination of eye-care
  • why eye-care is important
  • guiding princliples
  • the patient journey
  • trachoma.

The report highlights the need for increased eye services in remote areas and increased utilisation in all areas. It makes 42 specific recommendations and recommends policy changes to improve the quality and sustainability of eye care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor HR, Boudville A, Anjou M, McNeil R (2013)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision: summary report January 2013.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report summarises and develops the findings and recommendations in The roadmap to close the gap for vision: full report released in 2012. It builds on the 2008 National Indigenous eye health survey and various successful eye care programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The report provides brief information on various topics including:

  • the current status of Indigenous eye health
  • co-ordination of eye-care
  • why eye-care is important
  • guiding princliples
  • the patient journey
  • trachoma.

The report highlights the need for increased eye services in remote areas and increased utilisation in all areas. It makes 42 specific recommendations and recommends policy changes to improve the quality and sustainability of eye care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Vision 2020 Australia (2013)

Eye health and vision care sector response to the Department of Health and Ageing’s implementation plan for national framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss sector consultation report.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

This resource was produced in response to the 2004 Australian Health Ministers Conference which agreed on the need to develop a National Eye Health Plan for Australia to promote eye health and reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness. This document sets out the proposed strategy for the promotion of eye health and the prevention of avoidable blindness. The resource is a blueprint for nationally coordinated action by governments, health professionals, non-government organisations, industry and individuals to work in partnership.

Abstract adapted from Vision 2020 Australia

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

Vision 2020 Australia (2013)

Progressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and vision care: policy and funding proposal, 2013.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

This resource is a proposal which seeks funding over three years to close the eye health and vision care gap in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The resource makes four recommendations in closing the gap in vision including:

  • improved coordination and referral pathways
  • improved accessibility
  • elimination of trachoma.
  • governance and evaluation.

Abstract adapted from Vision 2020 Australia

Vision 2020 Australia (2013)

Progressing eye health and vision care in Australia: policy and funding proposal, 2013.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

This resource is a proposal which seeks funding to development a National Framework Implementation Plan for eye health. The resource makes four recommendations in closing the gap in vision including:

  • undertake a national eye health survey
  • focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • strengthened links to low vision and rehabilitation
  • awareness of eye health and vision care.

Abstract adapted from Vision 2020 Australia

2012

Australian Department of Health (2012)

Second progress report on the implementation of the national framework for action to promote eye health and prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

This resource is the second progress report on implementation of the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss and covers the period mid 2008 to mid 2011. The objective of the report is to capture information about eye health and vision care activity by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health

Grealy C, Kurti L, URBIS (2012)

Closing the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes initiative: evaluation progress report.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

This is the second progress report of the evaluation of the Closing the Gap in Health Outcomes Initiative in Victoria. The evaluation focuses on four key questions:

  • how effectively the initiative has been implemented in Victoria
  • the extent to which the targets have been achieved
  • whether current projects represent the most appropriate, effective and efficient means for achieving these goals
  • the extent to which a community driven approach has been adopted and effective in the regional implementation of the initiative.

Abstract adapted from Victorian Department of Health

Taylor HR, Boudville A, Anjou M, McNeil R (2012)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision: summary report July 2012.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report forms the third step of the Indigenous Eye Health Units aim to close the gap for vision, following the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey which outlined the extent of the problem and studies of the availability and quality of eye health services.

The report provides brief information on various topics including:

  • the current status of Indigenous eye health
  • co-ordination of eye care
  • the patient journey
  • trachoma
  • recommendations in progress.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Eye Health Unit

2011

Hsueh Y, Brando A, Dunt D, Anjou M, Taylor H (2011)

The cost to close the gap for vision.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report summarises a study which determines the direct medical and associated non-medical costs of providing full access to eye care services for Indigenous people focusing on three main eye problems; cataract, refractive error, and diabetic retinopathy. Methods were developed in the study to estimate resources currently spent on these services and estimate what extra resources are needed to Close the gap for vision for Indigenous people for each state and territory in the next five years.

The report is part of a series produced by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit, University of Melbourne, following the National Indigenous eye health survey and Access to eye health services among Indigenous Australians reports.

Abstract adapted from the University of Melbourne

Jones JN, Henderson G, Poroch N, Anderson I, Taylor H (2011)

A critical history of Indigenous eye health policy-making : towards effective system reform.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report documents the history of Indigenous eye health policy-making in Australia from the late 1970s' National trachoma and eye health program to the present time, with the aim of providing evidence to assist the Australian Government and the Council of Australian Governments in the system reform of Indigenous eye health. By undertaking a review of literature in the area of Indigenous eye health, and interviewing key stakeholders, the report:

  • describes the development of Indigenous eye health programs and policy
  • recognises the key barriers and catalysts to the development of effective programs and policy
  • identifies strategies to assist in the future system reform of Indigenous eye health.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor HR, Boudville A, Anjou M, McNeil R (2011)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision: summary report.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report is the third part in a series produced by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne, following from the National Indigenous eye health survey report and Access to eye health services among Indigenous Australians. The report makes important recommendations for policy change in eye and vision health across all levels of government in Australia. Each policy recommendation is explained, all possible outcomes are explored, and costings presented clearly. There is also a 'recommendation implementation map' with a timeline for actioning of each recommendation.

Importantly, the report dispels some common myths about Indigenous eye and vision health: poor vision and blindness are the third leading cause of the health gap among Indigenous populations (after cardiovascular disease and diabetes) and increase mortality rates 2.6 times, much of it due to increased risk of injury. Indigenous Australian adults have blindness rates six times the rate of the mainstream; and, although 94% of vision loss is preventable and treatable, 35% of all adults have never had an eye exam. This report represents an important contribution to policy debates.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Aboriginal health progress sheet - eye health (2011)

Victorian Department of Health

This factsheet was produced by the Victorian Department of Health. It provides a summary of what the Department is doing to address eye and ear health for Aboriginal individuals, families and communities in Victoria.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Vision 2020 Australia (2011)

National Eye Health Initiative round two: demonstration grants workshop outcomes.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

This report encompasses the 2006 - 07 budget which the Australian Government provided funding for the National Eye Health Initiative (NEHI), to promote eye health and to strengthen eye health care service delivery. The NEHI funded a range of activities including:

  • eye health promotion activities to encourage Australians to look after their eyes
  • the eye health demonstration grants program
  • health care workforce initiatives to improve the quality of eye health care, including the development of multi-disciplinary clinical practice guidelines for major eye conditions and the education and training of relevant health and other professionals in the prevention, early detection and treatment of eye disease
  • the trialling and evaluation of different eye care delivery models, particularly to disadvantaged and marginalised groups and rural and remote communities
  • formative, attitudinal, evaluation and health services research to underpin the above activities.

This report focuses on outcomes of the demonstration grants program.

Abstract adapted from Vision 2020 Australia

2010

Vision 2020 Australia (2010)

Eliminating avoidable blindness and reducing the impact of vision loss in Australia by 2020 : policy proposal.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

This resource is a proposal which seeks the development of a new ten year Eye Health and Vision Care Strategy for Australia. The report estimates funding over a ten year period. The report makes recommendations including:

  • new Eye Health and Vision Care Strategy for Australia
  • review to ensure eye health and vision care is strategically placed within the Department of Health and Ageing
  • incorporation of eye health and vision care in national indicators
  • integration of eye health and vision care in broader policy initiatives
  • targeted eye health social marketing campaign.

Abstract adapted from Vision 2020 Australia

2008

Vision 2020 Australia (2008)

Aboriginal eye health and vision care scoping project : proposal to the Office of Aboriginal Health, WA Health.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

2004

Department of Health and Ageing (2004)

Australian government response to the review of the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Program.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This resource is the Australian Government's response to the review of implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Program. The resource covers the scope of the review and its key findings, then comments on specific elements of the review clustered under five key areas of:

  • strengthening the integration of eye health into primary health care services and the role of the eye health coordinator
  • better utilisation of mainstream specialist services
  • data and information systems
  • infrastructure support
  • trachoma.

Abstract adapted from Australia Department of Health and Ageing

Taylor V, Ewald D, Liddle H, Warchivker I (2004)

Review of the implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health program.

Canberra: Centre for Remote Health

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

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Vision 2020 Australia (nd)

Vision 2020 Australia submission to the Department of Health and Ageing and Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Review of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health program.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

 
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