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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with eye health issues among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2014

Anjou M, Boudville A, Hsueh A, Taylor H (2014)

Establishing the value of Indigenous eye health programs: health needs, economic priority and performance assessment approaches.

Australian Health Review; 38(1): 99-105

Eye care services and subsidised glasses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members - Victoria (2014)

Australian College of Optometry

This factsheet contains information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians about accessing eye health care in the state. It includes information about:

  • eye examinations and eye health
  • entitlements available under the Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme
  • primary care optometry services available in Melbourne
  • regional and rural visiting optometry services
  • rural optometry clinics.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Blows SJ, Murphy EP, Martin FJ, Davies RM (2014)

Vision screening in preschoolers: the New South Wales statewide eyesight preschooler screening program.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(4): 222-225

Hamilton A, Meena M, Lawlor M, Kourt G (2014)

An unusual case of intraorbital foreign body and its management.

International Ophthalmology; 34(2): 337-339

Heath JR (2014)

Social, infectious and environmental determinants of blindness in adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australian populations [letter].

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; Accepted Article(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ceo.12432):

Lange FD, Baunach E, McKenzie R, Taylor HR (2014)

Trachoma elimination in remote Indigenous Northern Territory communities: baseline health-promotion study.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 20(1): 34-40

2013

Hampton R, Toombs M, eds. (2013)

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room.

Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room seeks to raise awareness of the culturally appropriate way for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas. The book outlines the central components that influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to provide an understanding of health from the Indigenous perspective while also examining the historical connections of health and the impact of colonisation; past and present.

The book features:

  • fact boxes that help to dismiss any predetermined notions
  • case examples, placement experiences, and personal stories that show actual experiences from the field
  • insights into how health practitioners can influence healthier outcomes
  • questions to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR (2013)

Nationally consistent spectacle supply for Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(1): 94-95

Anjou MD, BoudvilleAI, Taylor HR (2013)

Correcting Indigenous Australians' refractive error and presbyopia.

Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(4): 320–328

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

Arnold A-LMR, Goujon N, Busija L, Fox S, Xie J, Dunn RA, Keeffe JE, Taylor HR (2013)

Near-vision impairment and unresolved vision problems in Indigenous Australian adults.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(3): 223–230

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/docs/wa-overview-2013.pdf

This report provides comprehensive information specific to Western Australia (WA) on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Boudville AI, Anjou MD, Taylor HR (2013)

Eye health promotion to improve awareness and prevent vision loss among Indigenous Australians.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 24(1): 76-77

Boudville AI, Anjou MD, Taylor HR (2013)

Indigenous access to cataract surgery: an assessment of the barriers and solutions within the Australian health system.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(2): 148–154

Boudville AI, Anjou MD, Taylor HR (2013)

Improving eye care for Indigenous Australians in primary health care settings.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 21(2): 121-127

Christian Blind Mission (2013)

Inclusion made easy in eye health programs: disability inclusive practices for strengthening comprehensive eye care.

Bensheim, Germany: Christian Blind Mission

Grealy C, Kurti L, URBIS (2013)

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

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

Aunty Mary's story: a guide to vision loss (2013)

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Hooker M

Aunty Mary's Story: a guide to vision loss is a booklet which aims to raise awareness about the free services and support offered by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to assist people with vision loss. The booklet tells the story of Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Mary Hooker, a Bundjalung woman, who lost her vision due to diabetic retinopathy and sought assistance from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to help her regain her independence.

The 8 page booklet contains coloured photographs and includes:

  • information about vision loss
  • common vision conditions
  • practical tips on how to assist people whose vision is impaired
  • information about the services available from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

The booklet was produced by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT in consultation with Aunty Mary Hooker.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hsueh YS, Brando A, Dunt D, Anjou MD, Boudville A, Taylor H (2013)

Cost of close the gap for vision of Indigenous Australians: on estimating the extra resources required.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 21(6): 329-335

Hsueh YS, Dunt D, Anjou MD, Boudville A, Taylor H (2013)

Close the gap for vision: the key is to invest on coordination.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 21(6): 299-305

Indigenous Eye Health Unit (2013)

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

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

Ismail S, Stern J, Ingram L, Waddell C, Burnett A, Ndaba A, Morse A, Keys T (2013)

Analysis of the roles and training needs for Regional Eye Health Coordinators.

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

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig JE (2013)

Incidence of visual impairment due to cataract, diabetic retinopathy and trachoma in Indigenous Australians within Central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(1): 50–55

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Maher L (2013)

Applied professional practice in public health: promoting equitable health services delivery through evaluation and research.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of New South Wales: Sydney

Main R (2013)

Remote Indigenous aged care facilities of the Kimberleys – an eye health audit and comparison.

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

Napper GA, Sorraghan J, Wood J, Crerie G, Morse A (2013)

Re: Why optometry must work from urban and regional Aboriginal Health Services [letter].

Clinical and Experimental Optometry; 96(2): 249–250

National Rural Health Alliance (2013)

NRHA priority recommendations from the 12th national rural health conference.

Canberra: National Rural Health Alliance

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

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

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

Taylor HR, Anjou MD (2013)

Trachoma in Australia: an update.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(5): 508–512

The Kirby Institute (2013)

Australian trachoma surveillance report 2012.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

This report contains trachoma screening and management data for 2012 from the Northern Territory (NT), South Australia (SA), Western Australia (WA) and Queensland (Qld). A total of 195 (96%) of 204 designated at-risk communities were screened for trachoma during 2012, and data were analysed by region.

Children from 0-14 years were assessed for clean faces and active trachoma and adults aged 40 years and older were screened for trichiasis. Health promotion activities were also recorded.

Important findings from this report include:

  • an increase in screening coverage of communities in WA, SA and NT
  • a decrease in the national prevalence of trachoma in the 5-9 year age group, from 7% in 2011 to 4% in 2012
  • no active trachoma was detected in Queensland.

Trachoma surveillance and management has been undertaken since 2006 guided by the Communicable Disease Network of Australia (CDNA) Guidelines for the public management of trachoma in Australia 2006.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Advisory Council on Koori Health (2013)

Aboriginal eye health strategy: 2013-2014.

Melbourne: Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

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

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

Vision 2020 Australia (2013)

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

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

Vision 2020 Australia (2013)

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

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

Vos T, Taylor HR (2013)

Contribution of vision loss to the Indigenous health gap.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(3): 309–310

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

Closing the gap for vision: regional implementation (2012)

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR

This poster was created for the Victorian Department of Health, Aboriginal Health Conference, 'Aboriginal health - everyone's responsibility', and uses images and bullet points to summarise the translation of Indigenous eye care policy recommendations - from The roadmap to close the gap for vision - into practice, across Victoria. It covers the following areas to propose a plan:

  • the evidence base (from the National Indigenous eye health survey: minum barreng)
  • consultations informing The roadmap to close the gap for vision
  • recommendations from The roadmap to close the gap for vision
  • eye care requirements for a regional model
  • implimentation process for local action
  • regions in Victoria
  • projected eye care needs for Victoria
  • relevant organisations, practitioners and initiatives.

The poster offers a useful summary for all those working in Australian Indigenous eye health policy and practice, with particular benefit to those in Victoria.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR (2012)

Why optometry must work from urban and regional Aboriginal health services.

Clinical and Experimental Optometry; 95(6): 615-617

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2012 report.

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

This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions including disease or injury, human function, life expectancy, wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Baunach E, Lines D, Pedwel B, Lange F, Cooney R, Taylor HR (2012)

The development of culturally safe and relevant health promotion resources for effective trachoma elimination in remote Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 36(2): 9-11,16,19

Chang JH, Landers J, Henderson TRM, Craig JE (2012)

Prevalence of uveitis in Indigenous populations presenting to remote clinics of Central Australia: The Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 40(5): 448-453

Cowling CS, Popovic G, Liu BC, Ward JS, Snelling TL, Kaldor JM, Wilson DP (2012)

Australian trachoma surveillance annual report, 2010.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 36(3): E242–E250

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

Health Policy Analysis (2012)

Evaluation of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program and the Visiting Optometrists Scheme: final report volume 2: community case studies.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Health Policy Analysis (2012)

Evaluation of the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program and the Visiting Optometrists Scheme: final report volume 3: MSOAP and VOS provider survey results.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Kelaher M, Ferdinand A, Taylor H (2012)

Access to eye health services among Indigenous Australians: an area level analysis.

BMC Ophthalmology; 12: 51

Retrieved 24 September 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2415-12-51

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig JE (2012)

Incidence of visual impairment and blindness in Indigenous Australians within Central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 40(7): 657–661

Maher L, Brown AM, Torvaldsen S, Dawson AJ, Patterson JA, Lawrence G (2012)

Eye health services for Aboriginal people in the western region of NSW, 2010.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 81-86

Main R (2012)

Issues pertaining to recruitment and retention of rural and remote optometrists in Australia.

Master of Science thesis, University of NSW: Sydney

Milne C (2012)

Adverse outcomes following the use of azithromycin for trachoma treatment in babies.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 19(3): 21-27

Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health Unit (2012)

2012 annual update on the implementation of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

Building an eye care program with Aboriginal communities in Victoria – a partnership approach (2012)

Napper G, Carozzi P, Peters J, Jackson J, Fricke T

Napper GA, Truong M, Anjou MD (2012)

There are people in Australia who have poor vision or eye disease that is avoidable. What more can we do?.

Clinical and Experimental Optometry; 95(6): 569-571

New South Wales Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2012)

The health of Aboriginal people of NSW: report of the Chief Health Officer 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Taylor HR, Anjou MD, Boudville AI, McNeil RJ (2012)

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

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

The Roadmap to close the gap for vision - full report was produced by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. This detailed report describes the research project Roadmap to close the gap for vision project, with an explanation of the findings and consultation process that led to the recommendations.

The overall aim of this review of health services provisions, was to was to develop a model of eye care for Indigenous Australians for presentation to the Australian Government. Forty-two recommendations across nine domains of activity are presented as a comprehensive package of policy reforms with the goal to 'close the gap for vision'. The nine domains present a broad outline of the recommendations:

  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.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous Eye Health Unit

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

Taylor HR, Boudville AI, Anjou MD (2012)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(11): 613-615

The Kirby Institute (2012)

Australian trachoma surveillance report 2011.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

Thomson N, Burns J, McLoughlin N (2012)

The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children.

In: Beresford Q, Partington G, Gower G, eds. Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education: fully revised edition. Revised ed. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing: 202-234

The revised edition of Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education reflects on the challenges and achievements that have occurred for both teachers and students in this significant area of education since the book's original release in 2003. The chapter, The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children, reviews the specific health issues currently affecting Indigenous children, and how these issues impact on their education. The chapter provides a summary of key indicators of Indigenous health status.

Prevalent issues and indicators discussed include:

  • infant mortality and birthweight status
  • nutrition
  • substance use
  • anaemia
  • ear disease and hearing loss
  • infectious diseases
  • eye conditions
  • oral health
  • injuries
  • social and emotional wellbeing.

Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Trzesinski A (2012)

The EyeInfoNet: an Indigenous eye health resource.

The Chronicle; 24(3): 18-19

Victorian Department of Health (2012)

The Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme evaluation report 2012.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

2011

Able Australia (2011)

Telecommunications and deafblind Australians.

Sydney: Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

Anderton P, Duffy T,   (2011)

A multidisciplinary network to preserve eye health and minimise the risk of blindness for healthy ageing in rural Australia.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

Arnold A-LMR, Busija L, Keeffe JE, Taylor HR (2011)

Use of eye care services by Indigenous Australian adults [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(10): 537-538

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011)

Health care services, 2009-10.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability: wellbeing, participation and support.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability: wellbeing, participation and support report reviews the experiences of Indigenous people with disability compared with Indigenous people without disability, and all Australians with similar severity of disability. The report examines the key areas of: employment; housing; education; health; wellbeing and access to services and support for Indigenous people with disability.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Eye health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper summarises the findings of the 2008 National Indigenous eye health survey and presents data from the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit, Medicare, hospital data collections and case studies.

The major findings include:

  • Indigenous people over the age of 40 have six times the rate of blindness of non-Indigenous Australians
  • Indigenous children have less poor vision than non-Indigenous children
  • 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable
  • 35% of Indigenous Australians report they have never had an eye examination
  • trachoma was found in one half of very remote communities at endemic levels
  • cataract was the cause of one-third of blindness in Indigenous adults.

Research suggests that improved vision is associated with provision of eye services by the community-controlled sector and that well coordinated services are more productive, have shorter waiting lists and save money.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This overview is a summary of Indigenous health and welfare at the national level. Topics covered include:

  • demographic characteristics
  • determinants of health and welfare: socioeconomic factors, housing, community capacity, behavioural factors, and social and emotional wellbeing
  • health and functioning: disability, community functioning, and health conditions
  • mortality and life expectancy of mothers and babies, children, young people and older people
  • health care and support services, including health and welfare expenditure.

The report compares Indigenous statistics to the non-Indigenous statistics on the same health and welfare issues and provides time series data where available. It relates the picture of Indigenous health and welfare to the goals set by the Council of Australian Governments and the raft of measures under Closing the gap agreement aimed at reducing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For the first time, the report looks at the impact of chronic diseases on the life expectancy gap, currently estimated to be 12 years for men and 10 years for women. It shows that about 80% of the mortality gap can be attributed to chronic diseases, most significantly heart diseases (22%), diabetes (12%) and liver diseases (11%).

The report is accompanied by nine online papers on specific topics, available from the Indigenous observatory: Indigenous life expectancy and mortality, child safety, eye health, disability, access to health services, chronic disease and older people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Brando A, Hsueh YS, Dunt D, Stanford E, Taylor HR (2011)

Projected needs for eye-care services in Indigenous Australians [letter].

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(8): 841-843

Cheong TZ (2011)

It is time to open both eyes.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(2): 3-4

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

International Centre for Eyecare Education (2011)

Annual reviews.

Kensington, NSW: International Centre for Eyecare Education

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

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (2011)

Eye health in the Kimberley: plain language report 2011.

Broome: Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig J (2011)

Glaucoma in Indigenous Australians [letter].

British Journal of Ophthalmology; 95(11): 1614-1615

Landers J, Henderson T, DPhil JC (2011)

Prevalence of pterygium in Indigenous Australians within central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(7): 604-606

Landers J, Henderson T, DPhil JC (2011)

The prevalence of pseudoexfoliation syndrome in Indigenous Australians within central Australia: the central Australian ocular health study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 40(5): 454–457

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig J (2011)

Distribution and associations of intraocular pressure in Indigenous Australians within central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(7): 607-613

Stumpers S, Thomson N, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Urquhart B (2011)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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

Taylor HR, Dunt D, Hsueh Y, Brando A (2011)

Projected needs for eye care services for Indigenous Australians.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

Taylor HR, Stanford EE (2011)

Coordination is the key to the efficient delivery of eye care services in Indigenous communities.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(2): 186–188

The Fred Hollows Foundation (2011)

The Fred Hollows Foundation Indigenous Australia program plan 2011-2014.

Darwin: The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Kirby Institute (2011)

Australian trachoma surveillance report 2010.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales

Turner AW, Mulholland WJ, Taylor HR (2011)

Coordination of outreach eye services in remote Australia.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(4): 344–349

Turner AW, Xie J, Arnold A-L, Taylor HR (2011)

Eye health service access and utilization in the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(7): 598-603

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)

Regional Eye Health Coordinators workshop final report 2011.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

2010

Access Economics (2010)

Clear focus: the economic impact of vision loss in Australia in 2009.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Australia's health 2010: the twelfth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2010 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the twelfth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 5.1 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chua BE, Xie J, Arnold A-L, Koukouras I, Keeffe JE, Taylor HR (2010)

Glaucoma prevalence in Indigenous Australians.

British Journal of Ophthalmology; 95(7): 926-930

Fox S, Arnold A-L, Dunn R, Keeffe J, Taylor H (2010)

Sampling and recruitment methodology for a national eye health survey of Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(6): 554–562

Goujon N, Brown CM, Xie J, Arnold A-L, Dunn RA, Keeffe JE, Taylor HR (2010)

Self-reported vision and health of Indigenous Australians.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 38(8): 796-804

Ismail S (2010)

Six months with ICEE NSW Aboriginal eye care programme.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(1): 4-6

Kelaher M, Ferdinand A, Ngo S, Tambuwla N, Taylor HR (2010)

Access to eye health services among Indigenous Australians: an area level analysis.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig J (2010)

Central Australian Ocular Health Study: design and baseline description of participants.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 38(4): 375-380

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig J (2010)

The prevalence and causes of visual impairment in Indigenous Australians within central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

British Journal of Ophthalmology; 94(9): 1140-1144

Maher L, Brown A (2010)

Eye health services for Aboriginal people: a review within the Greater Western Region of NSW.

North Sydney, NSW: New South Wales Department of Health

Taylor HR, Stanford E (2010)

Provision of Indigenous eye health services.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

Taylor HR, Xie J, Fox S, Dunn RA, Arnold A-L, Keeffe JE (2010)

The prevalence and causes of vision loss in Indigenous Australians: the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(6): 312-318

Thomson N, MacRae A, Burns J, Catto M, Debuyst O, Krom I, Midford R, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2010)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2010.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Vision 2020 Australia (2010)

Improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and vision care.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

2009

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2009)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2009.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

A guide to Australian eye health data: 2nd edition.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian National Audit Office (2009)

Independent report on the National Eye Health Awareness Campaign 2009.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Burnett A, Holden B (2009)

Rapid assessment of blindness and vision impairmant in indigenous communities.

Sydney: International Centre for Eyecare Education

Burnett A, Holden B (2009)

Vision-related quality of life tool in Indigenous communities.

Sydney: International Centre for Eyecare Education

Burnett AM (2009)

Vision impairment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: a toolkit to assess prevalence and impact.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of New South Wales: Sydney

Layland B, Ismail S, Waddell C, Louwdyk E, Holden B (2009)

NSW Aboriginal eye care programme.

Sydney: International Centre for Eyecare Education

Taylor H, Gruen R (2009)

Diabetic retinopathy: accuracy of screening methods for diabetic retinopathy: a systematic review.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

Taylor HR, National Indigenous Eye Health Survey Team (2009)

National Indigenous eye health survey: minum barreng (tracking eyes): full report.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, The University of Melbourne

This report details the findings of the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey which was conducted in 2008 to define:

  • the extent of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • the causes of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • the impact of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

The survey was designed to plan and prioritise the effective delivery of eye care for Indigenous people. Overall 2,883 Indigenous people were examined. The report records the extent of eye health problems such as refractive error, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, blindness and trachoma.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor HR, National Indigenous Eye Health Survey Team (2009)

National Indigenous eye health survey: minum barreng (tracking eyes): summary report.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, The University of Melbourne

This summary 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.

This report represents an important contribution to policy debates. The full report will be released in 2012.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Turner A, Mulholland W, Taylor HR (2009)

Outreach eye services in Australia.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit

2008

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Eye health among Australian children.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Eye health in Australia: a hospital perspective.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Durkin SR (2008)

Eye health programs within remote Aboriginal communities in Australia: a review of the literature.

Australian Health Review; 32(4): 664-676

Population Health Division (NSW) (2008)

The health of the people of New South Wales – report of the Chief Health Officer, data book – Aboriginal peoples.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Saliba AJ (2008)

Impact of rurality on optical health: review of the literature and relevant Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

Rural and Remote Health; 8: 1056

Retrieved 10 December 2008 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1056.pdf

 
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