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

Posted on: 6 November, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 4, October 2017 – December 2017
Related to Diabetes Eye health Policies

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.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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