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Diabetic retinopathy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious eye problem that can develop in people with diabetes and can lead to vision loss and blindness. It can damage people’s eyes before they know they have diabetes or experience any problems with their vision, but almost all severe vision loss from DR is preventable. Survey data from 2008 and 2016 suggests that the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes who receive yearly eye checks has increased, and the number experiencing vision loss from DR has decreased. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still at greater risk of developing diabetes and DR than non-Indigenous people.

The following series of resources have been developed by the Australian Indigenous HeathInfoNet and The Fred Hollows Foundation. The resources are available in multiple formats and aim to provide information that will assist health care providers and educators in their everyday practice.

This short animated video (duration: 4 minutes) provides a visually engaging health practice resource that complements the more detailed written information provided in the key facts below. You are welcome to use this video for educational purposes.

Short video

Download our latest key facts (PDF - July 2017)

Key facts

These key facts outline information about:

Links are provided to further information.

Download our latest infographic (PDF - September 2017)

Static infographic

This one page static infographic captures the main messages from the more detailed key facts.

Download our latest PowerPoint presentation (PPT - December 2016)

PowerPoint presentation

The key facts have also been adapted into a PowerPoint presentation to help health care providers and educators share this information.

By downloading these slides you have agreed to retain the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet logo and branding. You are free to use any or all of the slides provided in this presentation. 

Download our latest conference poster (PDF - September 2017)

Conference poster

This poster was prepared for the 13th Annual Australian Disease Management Association Conference and 21st Chronic Diseases Network NT Conference, Darwin, 11-12 September 2017.

It provides brief information about:



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