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The risks associated with diabetic retinopathy and pregnancy: CERA researcher awarded a grant from the Alfred Felton Bequest

20 June 2017

Associate Professor Lyndell Lim and her team at the Centre for Eye Research Australia rsquo;s (CERA) Clinical Trials Research Centre have been awarded seed funding to assist in the creation of a retinopathy screening program and clinical database to improve the care of pregnant women with diabetic retinopathy.

Closing the Gap in Eye Health and Vision Care by 2020

20 June 2017

Last Thursday Vision 2020 Australia, in collaboration with 14 organisations working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health, launched a proposal calling on the Australian Government to build on its commitment to close the gap in eye health and vision care.

Diabetes prevention will help save sight

20 June 2017

Vision 2020 Australia welcomes a new report urging the Government to invest in the prevention of chronic diseases, including diabetes.

Vision 2020 Australia plans second National Eye Health Survey

20 June 2017

Following the success of the 2016 National Eye Health Survey (NEHS), Vision 2020 Australia and the Centre for Eye Research Australia are planning a follow-up survey to, for the first time, accurately track progress in reducing the burden of blindness and vision impairment.

More than 19,500 to benefit from free soap through Squeaky Clean Kids Program

19 June 2017

Free soap will be offered to communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and Goldfields regions of Western Australia (WA) to help reduce the incidence of trachoma and other diseases in regional areas.

Paul Ramsay Foundation supports Indigenous Eye Health

14 June 2017

Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) welcomes the support of the Paul Ramsey Foundation to assist the implementation and roll out of the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision from 2017 to 2021.

Indigenous eye health measures 2016 report released

30 May 2017

Today the Australian Department of Health has released the first of the Indigenous eye health measures reports.

Government Funded Initiative to Increase Eye Health Access for Indigenous Australians

17 May 2017

The Australian Government plans to fund a national program providing eye health testing equipment, and the training and support for health services using the equipment, in more than 100 sites across Australia.

Budget 2017-18: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

10 May 2017

To assist you in finding Budget information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has made the task easier for you.

The gap for vision is closing

4 April 2017

Refractive error, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and trachoma, account for 94% of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, yet all these conditions can be readily treated or prevented and vision loss is often restored with timely access to services.

Hands-on experiences headline Australian Vision Convention 2017

27 March 2017

Optometrists will have the opportunity to be hands-on at the 2017 Australian Vision Convention (AVC) in Surfers Paradise, Queensland on the 22-23 April 2017, with workshops on foreign body removal and meibomian gland expression.

Sector sets four year target

23 March 2017

Sixteen optometrists from around Australia were among more than 120 participants who attended the 2017 Close the Gap for Vision national conference in Melbourne to discuss Indigenous eye care.

Gap in Indigenous blindness rates halved in nine years, expert says

20 March 2017

Leading ophthalmologist says progress on trachoma shows how cheap measures can have a dramatic effect on health.

New public consultation portal launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

9 March 2017

A new online public consultation portal, My Life, My Lead, has been launched to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.

Productivity commission issues paper into human services: Vision 2020 Australia submission

27 February 2017

Vision 2020 Australia has written a submission to the Productivity Commission (the Commission) regarding its Inquiry into introducing competition and informed user choice into the human services (the inquiry).

A vision for Palm: Mobile eye clinic saves sight in First Nations communities

22 February 2017

A mobile eye clinic, designed to stamp out avoidable blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, is changing lives on Palm Island, Queensland (Qld).

Lions Outback Vision works to close the gap

16 February 2017

Lions Outback Vision is working to close the eye health gap in regional and remote Western Australia (WA) through a unique service model that delivers eye health care for all major eye conditions, close to where people live.

New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

WA disability insurance scheme: State Government strikes deal with Commonwealth at last

1 February 2017

Western Australia (WA) and the Federal Government have finalised a bilateral agreement to operate a state-run version of the National disability insurance scheme (NDIS) in the state.

Government allocates $15.5 million for trachoma elimination program

22 December 2016

As part of the 2016 ndash;17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) of Government rsquo;s health reform agenda, the Government is determined to eliminate trachoma by 2020 in Indigenous communities.

Feltman eyes project launch

20 December 2016

Diabetes Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) launched the Feltman Eyes kit on 14 November, 2016 to mark World Diabetes Day.

Partnership boosts eye resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce

7 December 2016

Edith Cowan University rsquo;s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has formed a partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation to further develop and expand the eye health information on the HealthInfoNet web resource.

Eye on good health

24 November 2016

Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative has joined forces with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and the Vision Initiative to help close the vision gap.

NACCHO launches 2016 annual update on the Implementation of the Roadmap to Close the Gap for vision

23 November 2016

On Monday 21 November Ms Patricia Turner AM, Cheif Executive Office (CEO) of National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) launched the 2016 Annual Update on the Implementation of the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Congress in Melbourne, Victoria.

Today is World Diabetes Day

14 November 2016

Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14.

Eyes on diabetes

9 November 2016

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) is marking World Diabetes Day and the Eyes on diabetes theme by encouraging people to put on a pair of round blue glasses and share their photos online using the hashtag #WDD and @DiabetesWA.

HealthInfoNet free workshops (Nov/Dec): How the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health web resource can help support health practice

8 November 2016

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, with support from The Fred Hollows Foundation, is conducting a series of free workshops and we would like to invite interested people to attend.

CERA researchers win $750,000 to help end endemic eye disease in remote and regional communities

27 October 2016

Researchers from the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) have won $750,000 after competing in yesterday's finals of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge held in Sydney, New South Wales.

Lions Outback Vision Van helping to close the eye health gap in Western Australia

21 October 2016

The Lions Outback Vision Van has run 75 clinics and treated almost 1500 patients since its launch six months ago - delivering on a mission to bring comprehensive eye care to some of the most isolated people in Western Australia (WA).

New survey provides valuable data on the status of eye health conditions

13 October 2016

Today the Australian Government launched the National Eye Health Survey Report on the prevalence and causes of vision impairment and blindness around the nation.

Centre for Eye Research Australia is a top 10 finalist in prestigious nation-wide Google Impact Challenge

4 October 2016

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) is delighted to have been chosen as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2016 Google Impact Challenge in Australia, where is giving $4.5 million to Australian non-profit innovators with big ideas for a better world.

National eye health survey completed

29 September 2016

The National Eye Health Survey (NEHS) is the first representative nationwide study of the burden of eye disease in Australia and seeks to close a major gap in the evidence base, providing up-to-date prevalence rates on blindness and low vision for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

New MBS items for testing of diabetic retinopathy with a non-mydriatic retinal camera

29 September 2016

From 1 November 2016, Medicare benefits will be available for the testing of diabetic retinopathy with a non-mydriatic retinal camera.

Significantly higher disease burden for Indigenous Australians - but improvements made

26 September 2016

A new report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face a substantially higher disease burden than non-Indigenous Australians, improvements have been seen, with more possible.

Deadly Eyes Campaign kicks off to prevent eye disease

21 September 2016

A new campaign has been launched to increase the number of eye health checks undertaken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in Queensland and to reduce the rate of preventable eye disease.

Why is trachoma blinding Aboriginal children when mainstream Australia eliminated it 100 years ago?

15 September 2016

This news article is one of The Conversation's three part series on the blinding, deafening and sometimes deadly conditions in Australian Indigenous children that have little to no impact on their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Roll call for eye care equipment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector

7 September 2016

A new project to count and catalogue eye care equipment in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector is part of a wider Australian Government program to ensure improved access to eye checks for Indigenous Australians with diabetes.

Aboriginal Elder Aunty Mary Hooker to speak at Mount George Public School's centenary celebrations

31 August 2016

Aboriginal Elder Aunty Mary Hooker will be the guest speaker at the Mount George Public School, New South Wales (NSW) 100 year celebration this Saturday, 3 September 2016.

Grant funding helps deliver vision

30 August 2016

Congress' Eye Health Program has secured grant funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to supply ready-made magnifiers glasses and sunglasses to Aboriginal people living in remote communities and town camps in and around Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Hollows camera shines a light on outback blindness

26 August 2016

The Fred Hollows Foundation is providing a second diabetic retinopathy scanner (DRS) to Sunrise Health Service, an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation in Katherine, Northern Territory (NT), to boost services addressing avoidable blindness.

New alliance aims to eliminate trachoma in Yalata

30 October 2015

A new alliance between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Australian Trachoma Alliance (ATA), and the community of Yalata in South Australia (SA) aims to eliminate trachoma, a leading cause of preventable blindness in a number of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

New report suggests extra funding is required to increase eye care services and programs for Indigenous Australians

21 September 2015

A new PricewaterhouseCoopers report, produced in conjunction with Melbourne University, proposes increasing eye care services and programs for Indigenous Australians, and improving early detection of eye conditions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at the Kirby Institute in 2015

9 July 2015

In celebration of NAIDOC week, the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales has a created a booklet which showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research conducted at the Institute.

Child doctors improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

3 July 2015

More than 500 Indigenous and non-Indigenous boys and girls in Kempsey, New South Wales, are learning hygiene, first aid and bush medicine as part of a Young doctor program to bridge the health gap in some of the poorest communities across Australia.

The Alice Springs Rotary Henley on Todd regatta partners with The Fred Hollows Foundation

25 June 2015

The Fred Hollows Foundation has partnered with the Henley on the Todd regatta fundraising campaign, with the aim of raising $100,000 to contribute to the fight to end trachoma by 2020.

Holographic exhibition tells stories of 30 Indigenous Australians with a disability

11 June 2015

A holographic exhibition that has been shown at human rights conventions in Geneva, Switzerland  and New York, United States of America, is shedding light on the challenges faced by Indigenous Australians with a disability.

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 released

29 April 2015

The Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 (Overview) has been released, and is now freely available from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource.

Eye checks for locals in APY lands by visiting optometrist

21 April 2015

Visiting specialists are helping Aboriginal Australians living in remote communities to keep an eye on their health. Twice a year, optometrist Andy Griffiths visits the APY Lands to offer eye checks to locals such as artist Alison Milyika Carroll.

New eye camera for Danila Dilba Health Service

8 April 2015

Danila Dilba Health Service has a new camera at their Knuckey Street Clinic in Darwin, Northern Territory, that takes photos of the back surface of the eye to look for eye diseases.

Australia's first Indigenous woman to graduate in optometry inspires change

16 March 2015

Shannon Peckham, Australia's first Indigenous woman to graduate in optometry, writes about volunteering in remote Indigenous communities and what it means to her to be a leader who is inspiring change.

New camera for eye health program in New South Wales

3 March 2015

The Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) in New South Wales (NSW) won a Digital Retinography System (DRS) camera late last year when they received the Fred Hollows Foundation Eye Health Award in recognition for the service they offer communities as well as their understanding of the importance of eye health in Aboriginal communities.

Optometry sector calls for improved access to eye care

26 February 2015

Optometry Australia, the peak professional body for the optometry sector, has called on the Federal Government to increase investment in Medicare funded optometry to make access to optometry fair for all Australians.

Detecting preventable diseases key to closing the gap

17 February 2015

Australian governments at all levels must persist with efforts to close the gap on Indigenous health and life expectancy, The Fred Hollows Foundation said today. The Close the gap campaign released the 2015 Close the gap progress and priorities report to coincide with the Prime Minister’s annual report card to Parliament on progress made to reduce Indigenous disadvantage.

Health checks aim to ensure clean bill of health

10 February 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is offering free checks to the community of Hopevale, Queensland, to assist the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain good health.

Eye health initiatives in Western Australia encouraged to register for the National Framework progress report

10 February 2015

If your area is involved in eye health initiatives or projects, the Neurosciences and the Senses Health Network would like to hear from you.

Remote eye health initiative misses out on renewed funding

15 December 2014

An initiative of the Government and the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists in 2010, the Indigenous and remote eye health service (IRIS), will not see renewed funding in 2015.

Lions Eye Institute forging new partnerships to strengthen Indigenous eye health

2 December 2014

The Lions Eye Institute (LEI) is forging new partnerships with Diabetes WA and Aboriginal Medical Services in Perth and country WA, to drive improvements in Indigenous eye health.

Indigenous eye health on track to close the gap

24 November 2014

The effort to close the gap in Indigenous eye health is well on track according to a report launched today.

Wellington Aboriginal Health Service has eye on prize

17 November 2014

Humble, understated, passionate and respected, all things people will tell you about Pauline Wicks and Kath Richards who for many years have worked in eye health.

Vision loss program for Aboriginal communities launched with world's biggest guide dog in NSW

14 November 2014

Gulliver, the world’s biggest Guide Dog, visited Yass in New South Wales (NSW) on Monday 10 November 2014, as part of a tour launching a vision loss awareness program for local Aboriginal communities.

Dr Calma urges support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survey

11 November 2014

Specially trained interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have started collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).

New service aims to close blindness gap

10 November 2014

National figures show that Indigenous people over the age of 40 who are suffering from diabetes currently have six times the rate of blindness and vision impairment compared to non-Indigenous people.

A strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce key to Closing the gap

29 October 2014

The Australian Government has made a $3.1 billion commitment to Indigenous health funding for the next four years, a crucial part of which is supporting the role of Indigenous Health Workers, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said today.

Check every patient for trichiasis

27 October 2014

Optometrists should check all Indigenous patients for trichiasis, according to a Health Promotion Officer from the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Eye Health Unit.  Fiona Lange is encouraging optometrists to ask all Indigenous patients if they have ever lived in remote or outback areas.

Eyes on improving Indigenous eye health

11 October 2014

Gympie woman, Rebecca Simon, knows the battle Indigenous people face when trying to access health care in remote communities, so was thrilled to participate yesterday in an open day for the Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening (IDEAS) van.

Blind, but soon they'll see...Australia's first Indigenous eye doctor goes to work

6 October 2014

Australia's first Indigenous eye doctor Dr Kris Rallah-Baker is set to become an ophthalmologist next year.

Seeing red, black and yellow - eye health hero

1 October 2014

Aunty Mary Hooker is proud of her long cane in the Aboriginal colours of red, black and yellow.

Inspirational story to drive Indigenous awareness of a National disability insurance scheme

19 September 2014

Longstanding regional member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland, Ted Thorburn, is inspiring others in the community about the National disability insurance scheme (NDIS).

Reminder nominations for the Inaugural Fred Hollows Foundation award close Monday 15 September 2014

3 September 2014

Is your organisation providing eye health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities? If so you have an opportunity to win a CentreVue Digital Retinography System (DRS) camera valued at $16,000 for your service.

A vision for preventing blindness in Indigenous communities

1 September 2014

In this article, Melbourne Laureate Professor, Hugh Taylor, discusses his vision for improving vision loss and blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including: getting the basics right referrals to specialist care eliminating trachoma closing the vision loss gap.

Dr Mark Loane talks on radio about his work as an ophthalmologist in north Queensland Indigenous communities

5 August 2014

Most people will remember Mark Loane as a formidable rugby union player with the Wallabies, but Dr Mark Loane AM, is a dedicated ophthalmologist, who has worked to improve the eyesight of rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Australian-first survey gets green light to tackle blindness and vision impairment

31 July 2014

Australia is one step closer to eliminating blindness and vision impairment following a Federal Government funding announcement for a major survey that will map the prevalence of eye conditions nationally.

Outback group has sights on clear vision

29 July 2014

Grandmother Mavis Arnott saw her grand daughter Brianna for the first time in Port Hedland this month.

Yamba and Milpa Roadshow travelling to SA to fight against trachoma

21 July 2014

Two of Central Australia's most popular and loved characters have joined forces help prevent trachoma.

Funds to fight trachoma announced

14 July 2014

Communities in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia will have their funding to fight eye disease trachoma continued.

Information day for parents and carers of children with vision disorders

11 July 2014

The Save Sight Institute is presenting its annual information day for parents and carers of children with vision disorders on Saturday 19th July 2014 in Sydney, New South Wales.

New illustrated children's book tackles trachoma in the NT

25 June 2014

The result of a conversation between Fiona Stokes, the Trachoma Program Officer for The Fred Hollows Foundation in Alice Springs, and Visual Artist, Amanda McMillian, has led to the launch of Anngang Anitjakarta (Trachoma sore eyes story), in Ti Tree, about 200 kilometres north of Alice Springs.

Fred Hollows Foundation launches inaugural Eye Health Award

23 June 2014

Although Professor Fred Hollows died more than 20 years ago, his fierce determination and commitment to improving the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lives on through The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Posters for sight design competition

20 June 2014

Posters for sight, now in its second year, are running their poster design competition for tertiary and school students, to help in the fight against blindness and vision impairment.

Trachoma program sets sight on final elimination of the disease

30 May 2014

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, former Governor-General Michael Jeffery, government services, civil society organisations and not-for-profits will gather in Alice Springs this week to work towards the common goal of eliminating trachoma, the leading infectious cause of avoidable blindness, from Central Australia.

First Australian free online training resources on eye health and diabetes launched today

29 May 2014

The first Australian free online training resources on eye health and diabetes was launched today, 29 May 2014, in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.

Focus on eye health and diabetes in the Kimberley

29 May 2014

Health experts are meeting in Broome today, 29 May 2014, to discuss how to prevent blindness in a growing number of people with diabetes.

Simple, fun eye test for children in StEPS program

23 May 2014

Children at Victoria Street Children's Centre have had their eyes tested as part of the Statewide eyesight preschooler screening (StEPS) program - an initiative of NSW Health.

Federal Budget 2014-15: a snapshot related to eye health and vision care

14 May 2014

Vision 2020 Australia have provided an initial snapshot of the provisions contained within the Federal Budget 2014-15 released on 13 May 2014 related to eye health and vision care.

Bridging the gap in Aboriginal eye care

9 May 2014

Optometrists are easily found in metropolitan areas; however, Australia still remains severely underserviced in its remote regions.

Remote eye health team in NT dismayed over funding delay

2 May 2014

The Northern Territory Government's Central Australian eye medical team is urging the Government to better resource its unit.

Australia on course to eliminate trachoma by 2020

14 April 2014

New figures released in a report that investigates trachoma prevalence in the Northern Territory (NT), show a more than threefold decrease of the disease in NT children over three years old.

First of a kind website dedicated to the issue of vision loss

3 April 2014

With the incidence of vision loss increasing, a new website,, was launched on 1 April 2014 to enable people affected to know how and where to access services as quickly as possible.

Fred Hollows Foundation and Specsavers join forces on new Indigenous eye project

1 April 2014

The Fred Hollows Foundation and Specsavers have joined forces on a new project that will raise funds to help 'close the gap' on vision loss between Indigenous and mainstream Australians.

National framework implementation plan sector consultation report

24 March 2014

Vision 2020 Australia have released their response to the Department of Health and Ageing's sector consultation.

Improving Aboriginal eye care pathways

20 March 2014

Diabetes related blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is 14 times higher than in non-Indigenous populations.

Close the gap day

20 March 2014

More than 150,000 Australians are expected to take part in Close the gap day activities all over the country.

Community involvement needed to improve eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

17 March 2014

Poor health related to vision impairment and cataracts are prominent issues among the Indigenous population.

Bid to boost cataract surgery for Indigenous people

11 March 2014

Prompt treatment for those affected by cataracts isn't always the case, especially for Indigenous Australians.

Eye surgery marathon in Bourke, New South Wales

25 February 2014

The Fred Hollows Foundation is planning to improve sight for 30 Indigenous patients in New South Wales during an eye surgery marathon.

New Chair of Vision 2020 Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee

21 February 2014

Jaki Adams-Barton is the new Chair of the Vision 2020 Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee.

Indigenous diabetes eyes and screening van hits the road in regional Queensland

17 February 2014

Hervey Bay's Galangoor Duwalami Clinic will be the regular point of call for the new Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening (IDEAS) van mobile screening clinic.

Five year partnership to combat diabetic retinopathy

11 February 2014

The Fred Hollows Foundation is pleased to announce a new five year partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to combat diabetic retinopathy.

Indigenous health van hits the road to treat diabetes-related blindness

6 February 2014

Queensland Health has launched a $5 million project to tackle a serious but preventable health problem in Indigenous communities.

OneSight and Ray-Ban search for Indigenous artist to design new collection

4 February 2014

Major sunglasses label Ray-Ban is using artwork as a way to promote the issue of Indigenous eye health in Australia.

Tele-eye care trial delivering fast and cost effective eye care services to remote communities

30 January 2014

Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) are working in conjunction with Queensland Health and the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) in the Torres Strait Islands to set up a remote eye screening service, providing specialist eye care to patients in their own communities.

Five year plan to eliminate trachoma and tackle retinopathy across the Commonwealth

24 January 2014

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is delighted to welcome The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust) as its newest member.

Indigenous eye checks a priority

20 December 2013

Aboriginal people with diabetes are advised to have an annual eye check according to Professor Hugh R Taylor AC, Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne.

Small victories add up to gap closure for Indigenous eye health

18 December 2013

A team at the University of Melbourne have researched and consulted widely over the past five years to come up with a plan to 'close the gap' in Indigenous eye health.

26,066 pairs of glasses would help close eye health gap

16 December 2013

26,066 pairs of glasses would go a long way to help fixing Indigenous eye health.

New eye health van to help prevent diabetic retinopathy in Queensland

11 December 2013

A new medical van carrying equipment to prevent blindness caused by diabetes will commence working across nine Queensland Indigenous communities in February 2014.

Indigenous students raise awareness for eye health during work experience program

9 December 2013

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO), in collaboration with the University of Melbourne's Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences and Indigenous Eye Health Unit, along with Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development hosted a work experience program in July 2013 for Indigenous students to help raise awareness of pathways into careers in eye health and blindness prevention.

New technology targets eye health of Indigenous Australians

6 December 2013

A new mobile, web-based tool is set to be trialled in remote communities with the aim of improving the eye health of Indigenous Australians.

Telehealth increasing early detection in outback Australia

3 December 2013

Indigenous Australians at risk of permanent blindness caused by diabetes are receiving world-class health care thanks to a new initiative funded by The Fred Hollows Foundation.

New mobile eye care service launched by Australian College of Optometry in Victoria

29 November 2013

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has launched a new mobile eye care service to the remote north west area of Victoria.

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Focus on eyes on World Diabetes Day

14 November 2013

Thursday 14 November is World Diabetes Day and this year the Fred Hollows Foundation are focussed on ending diabetes related avoidable blindness.

Brien Holden honoured with humanitarian award

14 November 2013

Professor Brien Holden has been awarded the inaugural Optometry Giving Sight Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contribution to helping eliminate avoidable blindness and impaired vision, and reducing the disability, poverty and lack of opportunity associated with vision loss.

Make eye checks a priority for diabetes

14 October 2013

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia and Diabetes Australia are calling on all Australians living with diabetes and health professionals to make eye checks a priority.

Waiting times for cataract surgery longer for Indigenous people

9 October 2013

Indigenous Australians have to wait far longer than their non-Indigenous counterparts for surgery, according to the latest Annual hospital statistics report released on 3 October 2013, but the true extent of the problem could be far greater than the official data reveals.

New research shows that most diabetes sufferers will develop diabetic eye disease

9 October 2013

New research by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Centre for Eye Research Australia, shows that almost all people with type 1 diabetes and 60% of people with type 2 diabetes will develop some form of diabetic eye disease within 20 years of diagnosis.

Indigenous eye health focus on World Sight Day

8 October 2013

AFL Indigenous Ambassador and Essendon player, Patrick Ryder, is joining with peak health bodies Vision 2020 Australia and NACCHO in the lead up to World Sight Day (10 October 2013) to urge Australians to look after their sight.

Intensive eye surgery week held in Alice Springs

30 September 2013

The Fred Hollows Foundation has been working with the Northern Territory Department of Health's Alice Springs Hospital Eye Health Clinic to hold intensive eye surgery weeks to address the backlog of surgery for Aboriginal people from the remote Central and Barkley regions.

Delivering eye treatment and surgery to Indigenous Australians in the Top End

17 September 2013

The Northern Territory (NT) Government and the Fred Hollows Foundation have teamed up to deliver eye services across the NT with consultations and treatments being offered at Katherine District Hospital last week.

Eye camera helps ease pressure on Kimberley diabetes epidemic

27 August 2013

A new digital retinal screening camera is increasing the chances of early detection for any eye problems among diabetes patients in the West Kimberley.

Campaign set to eliminate trachoma in Indigenous communities in four years

26 August 2013

A campaign to cut the rates of trachoma in Indigenous communities looks set to eliminate the disease within four years.

Funding boost for Aboriginal eye health by the Victorian Coalition Government

2 August 2013

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced a $750,000 boost to deliver the Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme (VASSS).

Community based workers tackle trachoma in the outback

23 July 2013

Community based workers play a critical role in reducing trachoma rates in outback regions of Australia.

Melbourne Football Club continue crusade to help stop trachoma

23 July 2013

The Melbourne Football Club has returned to the Northern Territory (NT) this month to conduct junior football clinics and continue their work promoting trachoma elimination.

Eye care training boost for health workers

18 July 2013

The Brien Holden Vision Institute is working towards strengthening the skills of Aboriginal eye health workers and health care workers established within Aboriginal medical services, based on a new educational course in eye care skills and practices.

Hospital waiting times cut for eye surgery in the Top End

17 July 2013

The Fred Hollows Foundation and partners have restored sight to 36 people from remote Indigenous communities and screened a further 65 at eye intensives held this year in the Northern Territory.

Indigenous eye health put on the Coalition agenda

12 July 2013

The Coalition has been urged to close the gap for vision in Indigenous people at a Vision Summit in Brisbane during NAIDOC Week by CEOs from some of Australia's leading eye health organisations.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT launch Indigenous education campaign ad during NAIDOC Week

9 July 2013

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's latest TV ad, which is part of its first Aboriginal-specific education campaign, will be launched during NAIDOC Week this week July 7 -14, 2013.

New website for WA Indigenous and remote community eye health

3 July 2013

A major new initiative to boost eye health care services throughout remote parts of Western Australia (WA) was launched in February 2013.

Introducing the Indigenous eye health' workers resource

28 June 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has just launched the Indigenous eye health workers' web resource.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

The workings of the Visiting optometrists scheme and the Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme

20 June 2013

Genevieve Barlow has written an interesting blog about her experiences visiting Njernda Medical Centre in Echuca, Victoria to check out the workings of the Visiting optometrists scheme and the Victorian Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme.

Avoidable blindness project launched in Australia

11 June 2013

The Avoidable Blindness project, which aims to reduce the avoidable blindness caused by trachoma and diabetic retinopathy (DR) in Indigenous communities, was launched in Australia last month.

Public lecture series at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

5 June 2013

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne is marking their 150th anniversary by hosting a series of public lectures during 2013 to honour the many decades of teaching and training provided by the hospital's innovative specialists.

New Indigenous education campaign from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

3 June 2013

The New South Wales (NSW) Central West town of Wellington will be transformed into a mini-movie set this week for the filming of a new video designed to educate Indigenous people who are blind or vision impaired about Guide Dogs NSW/Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) free, local services.

Positive results received from EyeInfoNet survey

17 May 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet recently conducted a survey on the eye health section of the website, the EyeInfoNet.

Focus groups for eye health research

16 May 2013

The Lowitja Institute (the Institute) and the Public Health Division of the Brien Holden Vision Institute recently conducted focus group testing as part of the Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC) project Models of vision care delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Grant awarded to trial telehealth eye care service in remote Indigenous communities

14 May 2013

A medical imaging system that will help doctors in city hospitals diagnose eye diseases in remote Indigenous communities is among the telehealth projects that will share $20 million in grant money awarded from the Australian Government to trial new methods of health care delivery over the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Volunteers support Indigenous eye health

24 April 2013

Daniel Gerasimou, optometrist at the Maribyrnong OPSM clinic in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, was one of 20 volunteers who travelled across the country to Mornington Island in north Queensland (QLD) to volunteer his time as part of the OneSight Indigenous eye health program.

Mobile health screening van success

22 April 2013

The HealtheScreen4KIDS van, a mobile health screening van for children, recently made a visit to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane to share with staff its importance in helping to improve the health of children living in Cherbourg, an Indigenous community 250 kilometres northwest of Brisbane in Queensland (Qld).

Yamba's Roadshow on tour again

17 April 2013

Deadly Awards finalist for outstanding achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Yamba the honeyant, will be taking his healthy messages on the road again when he and best friend Jacinta Price begin touring their hit stage musical Yamba's Roadshow in Queensland (Qld) and the Northern Territory (NT) next week.

Program tackles trachoma in Arnhem Land community of Maningrida

16 April 2013

A joint Northern Territory and Federal Government program was launched last week in the remote Arnhem Land community of Maningrida to tackle the high levels of trachoma found in the community.

Dubbo in NSW acquires its first public ophthalmology clinic

3 April 2013

The regional town of Dubbo in New South Wales (NSW) has acquired its first public ophthalmology clinic as part of a vision to provide specialist eye care to the state's most disadvantaged residents.

Vision 2020 Australia submits first pre-election policy proposal

2 April 2013

Vision 2020 Australia has finalised its first funding and policy proposal for consideration by the Australian Government and the Opposition, following the announcement of the 14 September 2013 Australian federal election.

Trachoma health promotion in Central Australia featured on Channel 7

27 March 2013

Indigenous eye health was in the spotlight on Channel 7 in February 2013 when the Amoonguna community in the Northern Territory (NT) featured on the Weekend Sunrise program as part of a segment on trachoma elimination.

Puppet film promotes eye health in remote in Indigenous communities

25 March 2013

A short film starring Indigenous puppets will be distributed to remote communities across Australia to educate locals about the importance of getting their eyes checked.

Indigenous eye health colloquium

13 March 2013

A colloquium on Indigenous eye health to be held at the 12th National Rural Health Conference in April will showcase the pivotal role that Regional Eye Health Coordinators (REHC) play in delivering eye care to Indigenous communities.

Do you use the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet eye health section? Take our survey

12 March 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is conducting a survey to find out information on users of the website, particularly its 'eye health' section.

New study investigates eye care service use in Indigenous communities

7 March 2013

A new study will investigate the perceptions, beliefs and experiences of Indigenous patients accessing eye care treatment in marginalised communities.

Continued effort needed to eliminate trachoma

27 February 2013

Australia remains the only developed country in the world not to have eliminated trachoma, the leading cause of infectious blindness, despite recent progress in tackling the disease.

Breakthrough retinal camera to catch eye disease and diabetes

20 February 2013

The most advanced technology for use in real-time detection and assessment of common blinding eye disease and general health disorders is currently being developed by the Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC) in Sydney, in collaboration with international partners from the United States, China, India and Africa.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

High rates of Neglected Tropical Diseases identified in Indigenous communities

18 February 2013

The authors of a recent report into Neglected Tropical Diseases (NDTs) in Oceania have called for a renewed push in investment to combat these diseases in the region.

Member of the Order of Australia awarded for outstanding service in eye health

31 January 2013

Mitchell Anjou, a senior research fellow at the Indigenous Eye Health Unit (IEHU) at the University of Melbourne, was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to optometry and public health, particularly in the Indigenous community.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Trachoma could be eradicated in Australia within five years

8 January 2013

Trachoma could be entirely eradicated from Australia within the next five years, according to Hugh Taylor, professor of Indigenous eye health at Melbourne University.

National telehealth services for vision and hearing impaired children underway in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW)

3 December 2012

Video conferencing is now being used to provide support for children with hearing problems and vision impairment in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW) as part of the national VidKids program.

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).

Lifetime achievement award for Professor Hugh Taylor AC

20 November 2012

Founder and former Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), Professor Hugh R Taylor AC, received a lifetime achievement award from Research Australia for his contribution to eye health in Australia.

Indigenous women to help eliminate trachoma

19 November 2012

The voices of high profile Indigenous women are being aired on a national radio campaign to help eliminate trachoma in remote Indigenous communities.

New mobile app to speed sharing of trachoma data from the field

24 October 2012

A new mobile phone application is being tested to streamline data sharing on trachoma.

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) is seeking volunteers with diabetic retinopathy for a new study

9 October 2012

Volunteers are required for a new program to enhance wellbeing and strengthen coping skills in people with diabetic retinopathy, one of Australia's leading eye diseases.

Eye health TV program to highlight the World Sight Day theme of prevention

25 September 2012

To coincide with World sight day, the Rural Health Education Foundation will be broadcasting Eye health: a current view, on Tuesday 9 October 2012, RHC 600, 8:00 pm (AEDT).

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

Vision 2020 Australia's website a finalist in the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards

13 September 2012

Vision 2020 Australia's website has been selected as a finalist in the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (the ANZIAs) in the 'Internet access and digital skills' category.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

Eye checks improve vision for outback residents of Doomadgee

3 September 2012

Twenty optometrists and support staff from the Sunglass Hut and OPSM's charitable organisation OneSight Foundation, recently visited the Aboriginal town of Doomadgee in northwest Queensland, and transformed it into an urban optometrists' workshop.

Researchers find link between alcohol use and age-related macular degeneration

28 August 2012

Researchers at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) have found a connection between moderate levels of alcohol use and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Hollows help a new vision for Territory eye health

9 August 2012

Top End patients are now seeing the benefits of sophisticated new equipment aimed at improving eye health with new state of the art eye health equipment at Royal Darwin and Katherine Hospitals.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

OneSight eye health program helping eye health for Indigenous children

27 July 2012

A team of volunteers from OPSM's OneSight Indigenous eye health program held clinics at schools in Mount Isa and Cloncurry in July 2012.

Clean clothes equals happier families in Alpurrurulam

27 July 2012

Minister for Indigenous Health and member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, have announced that families in Alpurrurulam, Lake Nash, will soon have access to a community laundry facility.

Goji berry could fight diabetic blindness

12 July 2012

The Tibetan goji berry could help fight blindness caused by long-term diabetes, according to studies conducted by University of Sydney researchers.

New telehealth program to combat diabetes related vision loss and heart disease among Indigenous Australians

2 July 2012

The Fred Hollows Foundation has announced it is entering into a $3 million partnership with the University of Melbourne to carry out an innovative program to reduce diabetes related blindness and combat chronic disease among Indigenous Australians.

Saving sight in people with diabetes

22 May 2012

A new diabetic retinopathy screening service will be offered free to people with diabetes to help detect early changes in their eyes and prevent vision loss later in life.

Budget boost of $16.5 to tackle trachoma in Indigenous communities

21 May 2012

The Australian Government announced on 14 May 2013, a $16.5 million commitment over four years to continue trachoma control activities in Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, to improve eye health for around 20,000 Indigenous Australians.

New plan uses iPads to help country kids with sensory loss

18 May 2012

Children with a vision and/or hearing impairment in regional and remote areas will have greater access to services thanks to a new video conferencing program launched yesterday.

Telemedicine project for diabetes related, remote eye care planned for Flinders University

4 May 2012

Flinders University's optometrists will soon be able to diagnose and manage eye diseases in rural and remote communities without leaving Adelaide.

Rural Health Education Foundation resources focus on eyes and ears

29 March 2012

Three recent Rural Health Education Foundation programs with a focus on eye and ear health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are now available on DVD to order for free.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

International foundation launches 'OneVision for Indigenous eye health'

8 March 2012

International charitable organisation, OneSight, has launched the OneVision Indigenous eye health program, which aims to address the significant gap in Indigenous eye health.

$70 million to 'close the gap' on treatable Indigenous eye health

1 March 2012

Researchers from the University of Melbourne say $70 million over five years could 'close the gap' between the eye health of Indigenous Australians and other Australians.

World Health Organization agrees to prepare a new action plan on avoidable blindness and visual impairment

8 February 2012

On 20 January, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) executive board unanimously agreed that work should now start on drawing up a new Action plan on avoidable blindness and visual impairment to cover the period 2014-19.

NBN delivers hearing and vision services to the bush

3 February 2012

The Government today launched the Remote hearing and vision services for children initiative, to be delivered through the the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Eye health podcasts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now online from Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Projects

10 January 2012

As part of the Stayin' strong project, Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Projects (BIMA Projects) has released a series of short podcasts about eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

IRIS explores the benefits of telemedicine

2 December 2011

Indigenous eye care services are being significantly enhanced as a result of telemedicine being rolled out by the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) in remote areas of Western Australia (WA).

Closing the gap for Indigenous eye health in Australia

16 November 2011

University of Melbourne researchers estimate it could take five years to close the gap in Indigenous eye health if spending was increased.

Eye health services enhanced by the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service

7 November 2011

Eye health services in Western Australia are being improved with the installation of a new state-of-the-art machine for cataract surgery at Kununurra Hospital by the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS).

Adelaide Crows take eye health campaign to APY lands

4 October 2011

Adelaide Crows players are spreading the word about eye health in the far north of South Australia by promoting the club's My eye health campaign in the APY lands in September 2011.

Remote eye program wins national award

28 September 2011

Regional Development Minister, Brendon Grylls, has congratulated the team behind the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Remote-i research project for winning two awards at the recent 2011 National iAwards in Melbourne.

Eliminating trachoma through cultural engagement

26 September 2011

The Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the School of Population Health is working to eliminate the blinding eye disease trachoma from remote Australian Indigenous communities.

Indigenous eye health TV program national satellite broadcast

23 September 2011

Strong focus: A focus on Indigenous eye health will be broadcast on Tuesday 27 September 2011 via live webcast on Channel 4 at 8:00 pm (AEST) and Friday 30 September 2011 on Channel 23 at 12:30 pm (AEST).

APY health plan push

22 September 2011

The women of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (APY) Lands are pressing ahead with a voluntary healthy food scheme which the SA Government has declined to support.

Professor Taylor honoured for dedication to eye health

22 August 2011

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) founder, Professor Hugh Taylor AC, has been appointed as a Melbourne Laureate Professor for his work in ophthalmology.

Governor General launches Kimberley diabetic eye care program

11 August 2011

The Governor General Quentin Bryce has launched the new Kimberley diabetic eye care program that provides eye screening and treatment to diabetes sufferers in remote communities.

Indigenous eye health program broadcast

25 July 2011

A clear view: improving Indigenous eye health will be broadcast on Tuesday 26 July 2011 via live webcast on Channel 4 at 8:00 pm (AEST) and Friday 29 July 2011 on Channel 23 at 12:30 pm (AEST).

New Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet EyeInfoNetwork yarning place launched

20 June 2011

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) has recently received funding from the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) to significantly expand the resources available on Indigenous eye and vision health.

Visionary new eye project brings hope to the North West

16 June 2011

A visionary new community eye surgery service was launched this week in Karratha which will benefit 12,000 people living across the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Eye health resources available from ICEE

13 June 2011

Would your organisation benefit from some eye health educational resources? If so, please register your interest now to obtain one of the I see for culture resource kits.

Closing the gap for Indigenous eye health an achievable vision

2 June 2011

The significant eye health and vision problems experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be eliminated to bring us one step closer to closing the gap in Indigenous health, according to two new reports from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Indigenous Studies.

Mobile service to improve Indigenous eye health

31 May 2011

A new initiative to improve the eye health of Indigenous and remote Australians has been chosen for western New South Wales.

Eye health funding for WA, NT, SA and NSW

27 May 2011

Funding for the purchase of eye health testing and treatment equipment for mobile health teams in Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales has been announced by the Minister for Indigenous Health.

Blindness still a threat in remote areas

20 May 2011

The International Centre for Eye Care Education have found Indigenous people are six times more likely to go blind compared to non-Indigenous people.

CSIRO portable eye scanning machines helping to close healthcare gap in Torres Strait

A trial to improve the eye health of residents in the Torres Strait has been hailed a 'revolutionary' way of closing the healthcare gap in remote areas.
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