‘Share Your Story’: Integrating Retinal Camera Screening at Gidgee Healing Normanton
Today is World Diabetes Day (WDD) (14 November) - an annual international day to raise awareness about diabetes and its complications. Vision loss and blindness is one of the major complications of diabetes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but simple action can reduce the risk.
This WDD is about spreading the message ‘Diabetes: Protect your Family’. By advising and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes to get an yearly eye check, you can reduce their risk of vision loss and blindness.
In recognition of WDD, IEH is releasing its next story from the ‘Share Your Story’ initiative titled ‘Integrating Retinal Camera Screening at Gidgee Healing Normanton'.
It showcases Gidgee Healing Normanton, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation in North West Queensland, as a ‘leading - practice’ example of how they’ve successfully integrated retinal camera screening into their practice. It also highlights the importance of affordable and equitable access to eye screening in primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with diabetes to prevent unnecessary vision loss and blindness. Click the button below to view the full story.
Do you want to inspire others?! We would love to hear ‘your story’, and help to share your success, and also your challenges in Indigenous eye health.
The ‘Share Your Story’ initiative aims to share a selection of stories of successful activities and significant achievements in Indigenous eye health by individuals, organisations, regional eye stakeholder groups, and through other collaborations relating to efforts to close the gap for vision.
Please ‘Share your Story’ and let us post this on our website so that others can benefit from your experience.
If you have any questions or for further information please contact IEH, Indigenous-EyeHealth@unimelb.edu.au or call (03) 8344 9320.