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Indigenous Eye Health (2017)

2017 annual update on the implementation of the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health, the University of Melbourne

This annual update outlines progress towards the implementation of the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision, including:

  • improved screening rates for diabetic retinopathy
  • increases in eye exams for refractive error
  • reduction in the prevalence of trachoma in children. 

Blindness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has fallen to three times the rate among other Australians (compared with six times the rate in 2008). Implementation of the Roadmap has commenced in all jurisdictions, and 67% of its 42 recommendations have been completed. While more still needs to be done, the authors conclude that the Gap for Vision can be closed by 2020 through increased efforts and collaboration.

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Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Closing the Gap: the Indigenous chronic disease package in 2009-10: annual progress report on the Australian Government's contribution to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous health outcomes.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Last updated: 19 February 2018
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