A selection of ‘stories’ of successful activities and significant achievements in Indigenous eye health by individuals, organisations, regional stakeholder groups, and through other collaborations relating to efforts to close the gap for vision.
'Share Your Story'
Success Stories & Personal Reflections
Inspire others! We would love to hear ‘your story’, share your success, and also your challenges in Indigenous eye health.
Indigenous Eye Health (IEH), is welcoming success stories and personal reflections on any topic that is of interest and relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and efforts to close the gap for vision. This could include topics relating to eye care in primary care; eye stakeholder collaborations; community engagement approaches and initiatives; workforce development; challenges in coordination and case management; improving outcomes and access to services; health system changes and reform or a patient journey experience.
The success stories and personal reflections allow others to learn of and from your experience and encourage good ideas and successful activities to be taken up by others. Contact details at the end of each story allow others to reach out and connect and discuss in more detail your initiative. We do not need to ‘reinvent the wheel’ let’s use the power of collective and shared efforts to advance Indigenous eye health – please ‘Share Your Story’ and let others benefit from your experience.
If you, your organisation, regional eye stakeholder group or another collaboration are interested in ‘sharing your story’ in Indigenous eye health, click the button below for more information or contact IEH, Indigenous-EyeHealth@unimelb.edu.au | ph (03) 834 49320.
Success Stories & Personal Reflections
Culturally Safe Eye Care at Karadi
Integrated Team Care supports culturally safe eye care at Karadi Aboriginal Corporation.
Eye Health the Focus at State Carnival
A collaborative opportunity to keep an EYE on good health at state carnival.
Integrating Retinal Camera Screening at Gidgee Healing Normanton
Integrating retinal camera screening in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs): A ‘leading-practice’ example.
The Strength of Partnership for Outreach Optometry in Central Australia
A Model of Partnership for Outreach Optometry Service Delivery in Central Australia, Northern Territory.
Regional Collaboration Enables Aboriginal Access Eye Clinic for Ophthalmology
Regional collaboration with key eye stakeholders in the Geelong region of Victoria has enabled the establishment of an Aboriginal Access Clinic at Barwon Health to reduce wait times for cataract surgery.
Indigenous Eye Care Pathway Mapping in Central West Queensland
Indigenous eye care pathway mapping of services identifies the level of need in Windorah, Central West Queensland.
Community Adapted Health Promotion Supports Local Ownership
Community adaptation of national health promotion materials for diabetes eye care promotes local ownership and awareness.
Housing Maintenance Officers play an Important Role in Trachoma Elimination
Housing repair and maintenance staff play an important role in improving health outcomes for Indigenous people living in remote communities.
Cultural Safety in Eye Care – Lions Outback Vision
Remote Area Eye Care: A Personal Story.
Feltman - now with eyes!
The development of an eye health 'add-on' for the popular diabetes health promotion resource Feltman provides opportunities for community members to learn more about the prevention and management of diabetes-related eye health conditions.
Tackling Trachoma in Remote Communities
Trachoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness globally. Based on reporting by the WHO in 2018, trachoma remains endemic in 41 countries.
Ngurrampaa – Tjukurpa by Colin Moore
Colin Moore a Wandandian – Wadi Wadi man from the Yuin Nation of NSW shares with us his journey and the importance of culture in his life and work.
The benefit of collaboration: Improving Indigenous access to eye care in a metropolitan community
Collaboration between service providers and working with existing programs is having an impact in providing culturally appropriate eye care in a metropolitan area.
A True Survivor and Champion of Indigenous Eye Health by James ‘Jock’ Peterson
James ‘Jock’ Peterson works for Mallee District Aboriginal Corporation (MDAS) in Mildura, Victoria. In the latest instalment of the ‘Share Your Story: Personal Reflections’ initiative, Jock shares with us his personal journey of survival, family and his passion for eye health in the Indigenous community.
Queensland Indigenous Eye Health Coordinator - A Personal Reflection by Tony Coburn
Tony Coburn is an Aboriginal man from Brisbane and the Statewide Indigenous Eye Health Coordinator with CheckUP. In the latest instalment of ‘Share Your Story: Personal Reflections’, Tony reflects on his extensive career in Indigenous health and shares some of the challenges and successes from his current role.
A Personal Reflection by Tania McLeod
In the latest instalment of the ‘Share Your Story: Personal Reflections’ initiative, we talk to Tania McLeod, Senior Project Officer with the Indigenous Australia Program at the Fred Hollows Foundation. Tania is Torres Strait Islander, of the Western Island Group, Mabuiag Island and Aboriginal of Jawoyn/Mangarayi decent. Tania was born, raised and works in Darwin on Larrakia country.
Telehealth support of trained Aboriginal Health Practitioners: The way forward in regional and remote eye care
In the latest instalment of Share Your Story you can read about how Emma Dargin, an Aboriginal Health Practitioner (AHP) at Condobolin's Aboriginal Health Service helped to save the sight of a patient with diabetic eye disease using her skills in retinal photography triaging and primary care eye health, during recent COVID-19 restrictions.