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Hopkins S, Sampson GP, Hendicott P, Wood JM (2016)

A visual profile of Queensland Indigenous children.

Optometry and Vision Science; Published Ahead of Print(


Napper G, Fricke T, Anjou MD, Jackson AJ (2015)

Breaking down barriers to eye care for Indigenous people: a new scheme for delivery of eye care in Victoria.

Clinical and Experimental Optometry; 98(5): 430-434


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

Hopkins S (2014)

A visual profile of Queensland Indigenous and non-Indigenous school children, and the association between vision and reading.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane

Napper G, Peters J, Anjou M, Fricke T, Barney K, Vickery C, Jackson J (2014)

Refractive error is an important entry point in the Indigenous eye care pathway.

Paper presented at the NACCHO Health Summit. June 2014, Melbourne


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 & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(4): 320–328

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

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

Grealy C, Kurti L, URBIS (2013)

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

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

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

Landers J, Henderson T (2013)

High levels of uncorrected presbyopia among Indigenous Australians: a concern and an opportunity.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(3): 219-220

Morse A, Cappuccio S, Tahhan N, Burnett A, Ryan S, Kiely P (2013)

What's fair in vision care? Potential approaches for equitable access to spectacles.

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

Morse A (2013)

CQI for eye and vision care in primary health care centres.

Paper presented at the NT CQI Collaborative Workshop. 13 November 2013, Darwin

Napper G, Vickery C, Barney K, Peters J, Anjou M, Fricke T, Jackson J (2013)

Building an eye care program with Aboriginal communities in Victoria - a partnership approach.

Paper presented at the Indigenous Allied Health Alliance Annual Conference. November 2013, Adelaide

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

Comparison of Australian spectacle schemes and provider perspectives on a national spectacle scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (2012)

Morse A, Martin J, Quilty G, Kiely P, Waddell C, Burnett A, Keys T

This poster was created for the 9th General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, 'Eye Health: Everyone's Business'. It summarises the findings of a recent survey by the Brien Holden Vision Institute investigating eye care provider perspectives on Indigenous eye care delivery in Australia.

The poster contains:

  • a brief overview of vision loss in Indigenous Australians and available spectacle subsidy schemes
  • an outline of the survey topics
  • the results of the survey, including graphical representations
  • a discussion of the results and their relevance to adopting a National Spectacle Scheme (NSS) specifically for Indigenous Australians in the future.

The poster offers a useful summary for all those working in Australian Indigenous eye health policy and practice.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Department of Health (2012)

The Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme evaluation report 2012.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria


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

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

Last updated: 2 June 2017
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