Bathurst Indigenous Eyecare Pathway | Marathon Health
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The Bathurst Indigenous Eyecare pathway takes the pressure off you to find services for eye health by connecting eligible clients to bulk-billed specialist eye services through an Optometry and Ophthalmology clinic. Plus, our Aboriginal Eyecare Coordinator will support you at all appointments and on surgery days.

Who is the Bathurst Indigenous Eyecare Pathway for?

This program has been designed to support First Nations people access eye health services. It’s available in Bathurst, once a month, and provides access to an Optometry Clinic and Ophthalmology Clinic. We can also help with transport to and from appointments.

If eligible, you can receive bulk billed eye exams; and if glasses are needed, you can choose pairs from the NSW Government Spectacle Scheme at no cost.

If more specialist support is needed, we can help you access tests and treatments at a local Ophthalmologist. These treatments can include:

  • General eye procedures
  • Medical retinal treatments (eg Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) injections and in-clinic laser treatments
  • Cataract surgery (if you need this procedure – you will be placed on a waitlist for Bathurst Base Hospital)

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.

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Page last updated: 21 November 2023