Breaking down barriers to eye care for indigenous people: a new scheme for delivery of eye care in Victoria
Genevieve Napper, Tim Fricke, Mitchell D Anjou, A Jonathan Jackson
Clinical and Experimental Optometry | WILEY | Published : 2015
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Service's Ageing and Aged Care Branch funds the Victorian Eyecare Service (VES) and the Aboriginal Health Branch funds the additional subsidy for the Victorian Aboriginal Spectacle Subsidy Scheme (VASSS). The Australian Government Department of Health funds the Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS) and Medicare. Thanks to the members of the Victorian Koolin Balit Aboriginal Eye Health Advisory Group and the staff teams at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS), the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) and participating VES practitioners. Thank you also to Barry Cole for providing assistance with the manuscript and to the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions. The authors acknowledge the support of ACO management including CEO Maureen O'Keefe and Director of Clinical Services Sharon Bentley.