Journal article

Sampling methodology and site selection in the National Eye Health Survey: an Australian population-based prevalence study

Joshua Foreman, Stuart Keel, Ross Dunn, Peter van Wijngaarden, Hugh R Taylor, Mohamed Dirani



BACKGROUND: This paper presents the sampling methodology of the National Eye Health Survey that aimed to determine the prevalence of vision impairment and blindness in Australia. DESIGN: The National Eye Health Survey is a cross-sectional population-based survey. PARTICIPANTS: Indigenous Australians aged 40 years and older and non-Indigenous Australians aged 50 years and older residing in all levels of geographic remoteness in Australia. METHODS: Using multistage, random-cluster sampling, 30 geographic areas were selected to provide samples of 3000 non-Indigenous Australians and 1400 Indigenous Australians. Sampling involved (i) selecting Statistical Area- Level 2 sites, stratified by remote..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Department of Health of the Australian Government and Novartis Australia. In-kind support from our industry and sector partners, OPSM, Carl Zeiss, Designs for Vision, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Optometry Australia and the Brien Holden Vision Institute. The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government. The Principal Investigator, Dr Mohamed Dirani, is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1090466). The PhD student, Joshua Foreman, is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship.