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The Eye Health Workforce Portal has been developed to meet the information needs of people who are working or studying in fields related to the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Health professionals are often overburdened, under-resourced, and time poor, which can make locating and staying up-to-date with an ever-increasing body of information and research a constant challenge.
The portal has been developed to support the health workforce by improving access to, and promoting awareness of eye health information and resources of particular relevance to the workforce. It has been designed for people from mixed cultural and educational backgrounds.
In September 2016, The Fred Hollows Foundation provided funding for updating the eye health information and resources available on the HealthInfoNet website.
The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) provided early funding for the portal, which was initially developed by the HealthInfoNet in partnership with the Brien Holden Vision Institute. The development of the portal was guided by a national reference group made up of health professionals and researchers with experience in the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.