1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health - Challenges in Coordination and Case Management
Authors: Richelle Tabbada, Linda Robson and Justyna (Ola) Rzeszowska
The importance of an outreach service coordinated by the ophthalmology clinic at Alice Springs hospital in providing essential health services, education and awareness for the ongoing care of patients.
2. A Review of Aboriginal Patients Attending Two Eye Clinics in 2018 WA
Authors: Kerry Woods, Dr Angus Turner and Sinead Denny
Discusses how the support of an Aboriginal Eye Health Coordinator improves attendance when compared to normal attendance rates in the clinic. This role focuses on supporting the patient to attend appointments by removing barriers and supporting the patient through their health journey. The investment of this support for clinic may improve attendance at Clinics in future. The eye health coordinator can spend the time locating patients, organizing transport and attending the appointment which is not possible with general health workers at the AMS who are spread between all other clinics and duties.
3. Check Today, See Tomorrow: Local Adaptation of Health Promotion Materials
Authors: Nick Schubert, Mitchell Anjou, Carol Wynne, Rosamond Gilden, Tessa Saunders, Philip Roberts and Hugh Taylor
Outlines how a small grant received from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supported Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to adapt the national diabetes eye care resources, Check Today See Tomorrow, to support local control and ownership.
4. Embedding Optometry in Aboriginal Health Services - Learnings and Future Directions
Authors: Genevieve Napper, Gary Crerie, Jose Estevez, Dean Milner, Anna Morse, Lisa Penrose, Vicki Sheehan and Lauren Hutchinson
A review of success factors, learnings and challenges in a selection of current optometry services in Aboriginal communities, whilst outlining some of the opportunities to address service gaps including workforce (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and funding issues. It aims to provide a forum for discussion with delegates regarding future directions to strengthen and further embed optometry services within Aboriginal medical services to meet the needs of communities.
5. From There to Here - A Story of Strengthening and Sustaining over 20 years
Authors: Maureen O'Keefe, Neville Turner, Piers Carozzi, Colette Davis, Nilmini John
From establishing an eye clinic at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in 1997 to the present day, the Australian College of Optometry journey has been one of strengthening and sustaining their practice towards meeting the eyecare needs of Aboriginal people. Through partnership, through talking and listening, through providing culturally appropriate care, through flexible models of care, the ACO is committed to help close the gap in Aboriginal eye care.
6. Lions Outback Vision Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Project - A Review WA
Authors: Sinead Denny and Dr Angus Turner
Share the results of how a statewide Diabetic Eye Health Coordinator can contribute to an increase in the quantity and quality of referrals as well as coverage and integration of retinal screening into primary health services.
7. Northern Territory Trachoma Intensives
Author: Renee Ragonesi
Outlines how a successful method used by the Northern Territory Trachoma Program has achieved higher coverage of trachoma screening and treatment as it works towards trachoma elimination.
8. Rate & Severity of Diabetic Retinopathy in End Stage Renal Disease in Central Australian Aboriginal People
Authors: Tania Roulston, Tim Henderson, Ebony Liu, Basant Pawar, Victoria Orpin, Jose Estevez & Jamie Craig
This project aims to determine the incidence of diabetic retinopathy & associated vision-threatening complications in persons undergoing dialysis. We will touch upon the complexities of getting this project off the ground, the importance of addressing community need & value adding to service delivery, the logistics of getting dialysis patients involved in clinical research & provide a precis of project findings to date.
9. Sustainable Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 and Beyond Depends on Collaboration and Partnerships
Authors: Fiona Lange, Emma Stanford, Tina De Melo, Angee Ross, Yash Srivastava and Hugh Taylor
Australia is committed to eliminating blinding trachoma by 2020 using the four-part SAFE Strategy, yet more work is needed on the sustainable aspects (F and E). With just 1 year 9 months and 15 days to go – a coordinated intersectoral multi-level approach is underway.