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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Publications

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

2013

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, 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

Eye care services and subsidised glasses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Victoria (2013)

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 (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This WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA in 2013.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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

Outreach optometry in Central Australia - the power of partnership (2013)

Wilson H, Arkapaw L, Morse A

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

Eye care is an issue: improving the pathways of care (2012)

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR

This poster was created for the Lowitja Institute 2012 National Conference on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, 'CQI for everyday and everybody', and uses diagrams and bullet points to explain the barriers and solutions to close the gap for Indigenous eye health. It covers the following areas to argue for CQI:

  • facts and current situation (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
  • role of coordination and care management
  • examples of eye care pathways
  • value of CQI
  • responsibilities of primary care
  • CQI questions for primary care.

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

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

In-service training for remote primary health care workers in Australia: a novel and useful mode of education delivery (2012)

Arkapaw L, Morse A, Keys T, Stern J

This poster was created for the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) 2012 National Conference, 'Rural and Remote Practice: Totally Wild!'. The poster summaries the findings of a recent study conducted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute evaluating the usefulness and relevance of their eye health training programs for remote Primary Health Care Workers (PHCWs).

The poster contains:

  • a brief overview of the role of PHCWs in the provision of eye health services in remote communities
  • an outline of the implementation of the training program and methods used to evaluate its usefulness and relevance
  • the outcomes of the training program
  • a discussion of the studies relevance to training delivery for remote PHCWs.

The poster offers a useful summary of the implementation and evaluation of the Institute's training program for all those working in remote Indigenous eye health policy and practice, in particular, those involved in training delivery to PHCWs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Optometrists' experiences in short-term locum placements in remote Aboriginal community health centres (2012)

Arkapaw L, Morse A, Keys T

This poster was created for the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) 2012 National Conference, 'Rural and Remote Practice: Totally Wild!'. The poster summaries the findings of a recent study conducted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute into the motivation, successes and challenges of locum optometrists working in remote Northern Territory (NT) communities on short-term placements, by analysing common themes in their pre- and post-trip feedback forms and questionnaires.

The poster contains:

  • a brief overview of eye health services available in remote communities in the NT
  • the methods used to collate and analyse the data from pre-existing forms and questionnaires
  • the results of the analysis, including the most commonly reported motivations given for wanting to participate, highlights and challenges
  • a discussion of the results outlining their relevance to the recruitment of locum practitioners.

The poster offers a useful summary of the Institute's analysis for all those working in Australian Indigenous eye health policy and practice, in particular, those involved in the recruitment of rural and remote practitioners.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Johnson KA, Meyer JY, Turner AW (2012)

Real-time teleophthalmology in rural Western Australia: a service evaluation.

Paper presented at the Rural Medicine Australia 2012. October 2012, Fremantle, WA

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

Main R (2012)

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

Master of Science thesis, University of NSW: Sydney

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

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

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

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

Trzesinski A (2012)

The EyeInfoNet: an Indigenous eye health resource.

The Chronicle; 24(3): 18-19

2011

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

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

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

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

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 (2011)

Needs for eye care services and review of policy development: report launch.

Paper presented at the Gerard Crock Lecture. 27 May 2011, Melbourne School of Population Health

The Fred Hollows Foundation (2011)

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

Darwin: The Fred Hollows Foundation

2010

Access Economics (2010)

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

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

Anderton P (2010)

Clinical eye health networks in rural New South Wales.

Paper presented at the Eye Health Forum - vision initiatives in NSW. 12 March 2010, Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

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)

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

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

2009

Keys T, O’Hara M (2009)

Providing eye care to remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory: a case study examining success factors and challenges from a collaborative approach between a NGO and AMS.

Paper presented at the Rural health: the place to be ... The 10th National Rural Health Conference. 17-20 May 2009, Cairns, Qld

Main R (2009)

Rural optometry in Australia.

Paper presented at the Rural health: the place to be. 17-20 May 2009, Cairns

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

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

 
Last updated: 16 April 2014
 
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