Bathurst Indigenous Eye Care Pathway
The Bathurst Indigenous Eye Care Pathway connects eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients to bulk billed specialist eye services through an Optometry and Ophthalmology Clinic.This service is designed to support clients to access eye health services and reduce preventable eye conditions. An Aboriginal Eye Care Coordinator supports clients at all optometry and ophthalmology appointments and on surgery days.
Eligible clients receive bulk billed eye exams – if glasses are needed, clients can choose pairs from the NSW Government Spectacle Scheme at no cost. This clinic operates once per month.
If more specialist support is required, clients are supported to access tests and treatments at a local Opthalmologist. Treatments include:
- General eye procedures
- Medical retinal treatments (eg Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) injections and in-clinic laser treatments)
- Cataract surgery (clients that require this surgery will be placed on a waitlist for Bathurst Base Hospital)
Clients requiring further specialty consultations aren’t covered through this program and will be referred to Sydney hospitals, or in some cases another ophthalmologist in the region if bulk billing can be arranged.
How do l access the Bathurst Indigenous Eye Care Pathway?
This service is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients who aren’t currently seeing an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist.
You can refer into the program by calling our Patient Support Coordinator on 6333 2800.
Transport can also be arranged to and from appointments.
The Bathurst Indigenous Eye Care Pathway receives funding through the Australian Government’s Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program and Ear and Eye Surgical Services Support Program, which is administered by the NSW Rural Doctors Network in NSW and the ACT. The pathway is supported by the Western NSW Eye Health Partnership, a Fred Hollows Foundation project.