Posted on Tuesday, 26 May 2015
With 94% of vision loss in Aboriginal communities being preventable or treatable, it is recommended that an integrated strategy to Close the Gap for Vision is funded including: - increased support for visiting optometry and ophthalmology services in areas of need (remote, regional and urban) - supporting local and statewide co-ordination and community control - subsidised spectacle schemes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - support for Trachoma elimination - support for monitoring, reporting and national oversight that sits within AHMAC - ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not disadvantaged by the rebate reduction for optometric services


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the three main causes of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities refractive error (need for glasses), cataract and diabetic retinopathy are easily treated with affordable glasses, surgery and laser treatment. We can Close the Gap for Vision by increasing access to eye care services and appropriate co-ordination. Let government support for eye health and vision care programs reflect the huge impact poor vision has on people's lives. Good vision is a key enabler for education, employment and community participation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have a Right to Sight.

Rebate restoration: The 3 year freeze, and recent 5% reduction in MBS optometry item rebates, will selectively disadvantage lower socioeconomic communities including many rural and indigenous/rural communities due to the threat on economic sustainability. One option may be to provide additional incentive payments to ensure service continuity in these communities - postcode vs genetic code?

Rebate restoration: The 3 year freeze, and recent 5% reduction in MBS optometry item rebates, will selectively disadvantage lower socioeconomic communities including many rural and indigenous/rural communities due to the threat on economic sustainability. One option may be to provide additional incentive payments to ensure service continuity in these communities - postcode vs genetic code?