Indigenous eye health – an update and envisioning the future
Optometry has a key role to play in delivering equity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. Work across Australia demonstrates significant progress to close the gap for vision in Indigenous eye health, but there remains variability from region to region. Nationally, the number of Indigenous Australians participating in eye care is increasing, cataract surgery rates are growing, trachoma is approaching elimination, and screening for diabetic retinopathy is improving, but there is need to encourage community led eye care, community capacity to participate in care and culturally safe delivery of care. This presentation will provide a brief overview of achievements to date, identify some new barriers and explore the likely next steps and challenges.
Appreciate and understand the inequities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health, the underlying causes of these inequities and the strategies that are being applied to eliminate the gap for vision
Assess the import of optometry’s involvement to close the gap for vision and identify individual and the profession’s longer-term contribution to achieve and maintain equitable Indigenous eye care