Journal article

Delivery of Eye and Vision Services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Healthcare Centers

Anthea M Burnett, Anna Morse, Thomas Naduvilath, Andrea Boudville, Hugh R Taylor, Ross Bailie

FRONTIERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Routine eye and vision assessments are vital for the detection and subsequent management of vision loss, which is particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who face higher rates of vision loss than other Australians. In order to guide improvements, this paper will describe patterns, variations, and gaps in these eye and vision assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. METHODS: Clinical audits from 124 primary healthcare centers (sample size 15,175) from five Australian states and territories were conducted during 2005-2012. Main outcome measure was adherence to current guidelines for delivery of eye and vision assessments to adult..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The ABCD National Research Partnership Project is supported by funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (ID No. 545267) and the Lowitja Institute, and by in-kind and financial support from a range of Aboriginal Community Controlled and Government agencies. This study was funded by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Australian Government's CRC scheme through the Vision CRC.