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The HealthInfoNet and The Fred Hollows Foundation have co-designed a winning conference poster

Date posted: 5 October 2017

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and The Fred Hollows Foundation won the poster prize at the combined 13th Annual ADMA Conference and 21st Chronic Diseases Network NT (CDN) Conference held in Darwin, 11-12 September 2017. The poster, titled New online resources to support eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes, provides information about a series of multimedia resources that have been designed to support primary health care providers to tackle diabetic retinopathy.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and tend to develop it at a younger age than non-Indigenous people, placing them at increased risk of developing vision loss and blindness from diabetic retinopathy (DR). Good news from the 2016 National Eye Health Survey indicates that retinal screening among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes has increased but, despite signs of progress, half still don’t receive annual eye checks, and a quarter have never have had one.

New initiatives—such as MBS item 12325 and the rollout of equipment and training for primary health care services to conduct annual screening for DR—promise to increase retinal screening and lead to improvements in eye health. The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and The Fred Hollows Foundation are collaborating to co-design and develop evidence-based online resources to support local service providers to implement these initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

The conference poster outlines:

Both the conference poster and the multimedia resources are enhanced by the artwork of Julie Weekes (Life before the drought) and the graphic design provided by Rob Etherington. 

Contacts

Spokesperson
Sam Burrow
Research Officer
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6611
Email: s.burrow@ecu.edu.au

Media Contact
Tara Hoyne
Development and Marketing Manager
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6109
Email: t.hoyne@ecu.edu.au

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Last updated: 10 October 2017
 
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