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Aanundsen D, Drew N, Burrow S (2017)

Innovative approaches to knowledge translation - collaborating to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Paper presented at the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation. 14 November 2017, Brisbane

Moynihan V, Turner A (2017)

Coordination of diabetic retinopathy screening in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 25(2): 110-115

Taylor HR (2017)

A game changer for eye care for diabetes.

Medical Journal of Australia; 206(1): 8-9

The report provides information on the new Medicare items for non-mydriatic photography. The items will allow easy and affordable eye screening within the primary eye care setting for patients with diabetes. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes are noted to be the most likely to be impacted by the new items.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Vision 2020 Australia, Diabetes Australia (2017)

The case for an Australian diabetes blindness prevention initiative.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia


Australian Indigenous HeathInfoNet, Fred Hollows Foundation (2016)

Eye health key facts: diabetic retinopathy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HeathInfoNet

These key facts provide information about diabetic retinopathy (DR) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They have been developed by the Australian Indigenous HeathInfoNet and The Fred Hollows Foundation. They aim to provide information to assist health care providers in their everyday practice.

The key facts outline information about:

  • how diabetic retinopathy occurs
  • who gets diabetic retinopathy
  • how to prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy
  • how to detect diabetic retinopathy
  • how to treat diabetic retinopathy
  • delivering eye care for diabetic retinopathy.

Links are provided to further information. The key facts have also been adapted into a PowerPoint presentation to help health care providers and educators share information about this serious eye problem.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Burnett AM, Morse A, Naduvilath T, Boudville A, Taylor HR, Bailie R (2016)

Delivery of eye and vision services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare centers.

Frontiers in Public Health; 4: 276

Retrieved 19 December 2016 from

Glasson NM, Crossland LJ, Larkins SL (2016)

An innovative Australian outreach model of diabetic retinopathy screening in remote communities.

Journal of Diabetes Research; : 1267215

Retrieved 24 January 2016 from

Meyer J, Johnson K, Bowyer J, Muir J, Turner A (2016)

Evaluating a health video on diabetic retinopathy.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 27(1): 84-87

Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health (2016)

Non mydriatic retinal photography: a roundtable in preparation for new MBS items for people with diabetes.

Melbourne: Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne

This report provides a summary and overview of the main discussion areas and ideas presented at the July 2016 non-mydriatic retinal photography roundtable. The roundtable, hosted by the University of Melbourne Indigenous Eye Health Unit was in preparation for the new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for people with diabetes available for use in November 2016. Included in the report is:

  • background information on the new MBS items and diabetic retinopathy screening
  • identification of the barriers to successfully implementing the new MBS items
  • identifying and workshopping solutions to the barriers
  • discussions on the approaches and actions in the lead up to 1 November 2016 and beyond.

Abstract adapted from University of Melbourne


Pires R, Carvalho T, Spurling G, Goldenstein S, Wainer J, Luckie A, Jelinek HF, Rocha A (2015)

Automated multi-lesion detection for referable diabetic retinopathy in Indigenous health care.

PLOS ONE; 10(6): e0127664

Retrieved 2 June 2015 from

Tapp RJ, Boudville A, Abouzeid M, Anjou MD, Taylor HR (2015)

Impact of diabetes on eye care service needs: the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 43(6): 540-543

Tapp RJ, Svoboda J, Fredericks B, Jackson AJ, Taylor HR (2015)

Retinal photography screening programs to prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy in rural and urban Australia: a review.

Ophthalmic Epidemiology; 22(1): 52-59

Walters S, Moynihan V (2015)

Diabetic retinopathy screening for Indigenous Australians in the Kimberley.

Paper presented at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. 24-27 May 2015, Darwin


Kaidonis G, Mills RA, Landers J, Lake SR, Burdon KP, Craig JE (2014)

Review of the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in Indigenous Australians.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 42(9): 875–882


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Diabetes and disability: impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions and comorbidities.

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

Eye care pathways for people with diabetes in Aboriginal community controlled health centres (2013)

Burnett A, Brown H, Morse A, Waddell C, Naduvilath T

This poster was created for the World Diabetes Congress 2013. It summarises the findings from a study conducted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute of eye care service delivery patterns for adults with diabetes in selected Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Centres (ACCHCs) in the Northern Territory (NT) and New South Wales (NSW).

The poster contains:

  • a brief overview of the settings and aims of the study
  • the methods used to collate and analyse the data
  • the results of the analysis, including the documented mean adherence to best practice eye care guidelines in 19 health centres (NT/NSW)
  • a discussion of the results outlining gaps in the delivery of eye care services for patients with diabetes.

It offers a useful summary of the patterns of delivery of eye care services, gaps in eye care pathways, and strategies for improvements.

Abstract adapted from Brien Holden Vision Institute

Dirani M, Shaw J, Crowston J (2013)

Out of sight : diabetic eye disease in Australia.

Melbourne: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Centre for Eye Research Australia

Forbes MP, Ling J, Jones S, McDermott R (2013)

Impacts and outcomes of diabetes care in a high risk remote Indigenous community over time: implications for practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 19(2): 107-112

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

Ku JJ, Landers J, Henderson T, Craig JE (2013)

The reliability of single-field fundus photography in screening for diabetic retinopathy: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(2): 93-96

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

Spurling GK, Askew DA, Schluter PJ, Hayman NE (2013)

Implementing computerised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks in primary care for clinical care and research: a process evaluation.

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making; 13: 108

Retrieved 21 September 2013 from

Tapp RJ, Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR (2013)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision - diabetes-related eye care in the Indigenous Australian population [letter].

Diabetic Medicine; 30(9): 1145–1146

Vos T, Taylor HR (2013)

Contribution of vision loss to the Indigenous health gap.

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


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

Maple-Brown LJ, Cunningham J, Zinman B, Mamakeesick M, Harris SB, Connelly PW, Shaw J, O'Dea K, Hanley AJ (2012)

Cardiovascular disease risk profile and microvascular complications of diabetes: comparison of Indigenous cohorts with diabetes in Australia and Canada.

Cardiovascular Diabetology; 11: 30

Retrieved 28 March 2012 from

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