Vision to close the gap sees boost in funding

September 15 / 167

Professor Hugh Taylor. Photo: Gavin Blue
Professor Hugh Taylor. Photo: Gavin Blue

 

The Indigenous Eye Health group at the School of Population and Global Health will receive $800,000 a year for two years to implement a series of trachoma health promotion activities.

 

The grant is part of an additional $6.63 million of funding over the next 4 years to improve and expand eye care services to Indigenous Australians announced by Senator Fiona Nash on 16 September.

 

The funding will cover the coordination of eye services at the state and territory level, as well as critical national oversight of data collection, analysis and reporting. 

 

Professor Hugh Taylor, Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, has been advocating for improved eye care for Indigenous Australians for decades. 

 

The Indigenous Eye Health group developed the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision, an evidence-based plan that is transforming Indigenous eye care across Australia. The Roadmap addresses each of the four conditions and provides a template for integrating primary care with specialist services.

 

“Indigenous kids start off with much better vision than other kids, but by the age of 40 and above adults experience six times the rate of blindness,” Professor Taylor said. 

 

“We must provide Indigenous Australians with the basic eye care that every other Australian needs and gets.

 

“I am delighted to see Senator Nash's announcement. It will make a big impact.”

 

This funding commitment goes a long way to implementing the recommendations made by the IEH in their Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision. 

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