Bathurst Eye Clinic creating clear pathways for First Australians
The National Eye Health Survey Report found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are three times more likely to have vision impairment or go blind than non-Indigenous Australians.
Marathon Health’s Indigenous Eye Care Pathway program is aiming to change these statistics, by connecting eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to bulk billed specialist eye services, through a local optometry and ophthalmology clinic.
Melissa Mayall, Project Lead – Primary Health, says the program hopes to bridge the healthcare gap between Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders with the hope of reducing preventable eye conditions.
“35% of Indigenous adults have never had an eye exam. Without accessible professional help, these people will continue to experience disadvantage,
Through the eye care pathway program, we want to reduce preventable eye conditions within the Indigenous community by offering ongoing bulk billed optometry and ophthalmology services,” Mrs Mayall said.
Clients can visit the optometry clinic to receive annual bulk billed eye exams at a local optometrist. If glasses are needed, clients can choose pairs from the NSW Government Spectacle Scheme. Treatments at the ophthalmology clinic include general eye procedures, medical retinal treatments and cataract surgery.
For more information, please visit marathonhealth.com.au/indigenous-eye-care-pathway. This service acknowledges the support provided by RDN’s Outreach Program and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.