Victorian Aboriginal Eye Health Regional Stakeholder Forum - Report

vic Aboriginal eye health poster 1998 l briggs

Artwork by respected Wiradjuri / Yorta Yorta artist, Lyn Briggs, originally commissioned for VACCHO’s first eye health program, 1998

Victorian Aboriginal Eye Health Regional Stakeholder Forum - Report

Supported by the Victorian Aboriginal Eye Health Strategy (VAEHS) Committee

The Victorian Aboriginal Eye Health Regional Stakeholder Forum was held online via Zoom on Thursday 26 November 2020. This was the first Forum organised by a Working Group of the Victorian Aboriginal Eye Health Strategy (VAEHS) Committee to support regional efforts to close the gap for vision.

Over the two hours, more than 70 participants representing over 40 organisations, including academia, service providers, non- government organisations, professional bodies, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), joined by paying their respects to traditional owners of the land across Victoria.

The Forum provided an opportunity for regional stakeholders and others working in eye health to come together to share initiatives and progress and highlight challenges, new ideas and opportunities to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health across Victoria.

The feedback from the Forum was positive, with participants reporting they enjoyed the opportunity to learn and share with others working in a similar space, appreciated the sharing of success stories, and made some very useful connections.

Participants confirmed that opportunities like the Forum were invaluable in order to provide support, guidance and shared challenges to maintain the support and advocacy to improve eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.

The Forum report, session recordings, presentations, videos, and other supplementary materials can be found below:

Forum Report Forum Agenda

Session Recordings/Presentations/Videos/Supplementary Materials

TimeSession RecordingPresentations/Videos/Supplementary Materials
00:00:00 Session 1: Introduction & Welcome to Country Video: Wurundjeri Welcome to Country performed by Wurundjeri Elder, Colin Hunter Jr 
00:04:00 Remembering Genevieve Napper
00:08:06 Session 2: Introduction  
00:14:24 Presentation: VAHS / RVEEH / ACO Eye care clinic
00:26:57 Presentation: EACH Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Team – Eye Health Promotion
00:42:08 Interview with Jock Paterson: MDAS Optometry & ACCHO  
00:51:59 Presentation: Eye Health Services at MDAS Swan Hill/Kerang


00:56:18 Session 2: Q & A  
Session 3: Break Out Sessions are not included in the recording
  Breakout: Retinal Imaging

- Refresher training available to June 2021, contact the ACO to book a session

- Promotional Resources – Banners and flyers can be developed for your health service free of charge to support the project

For further details contact the ACO
  Breakout: Improving Eye Care Pathways  
  Breakout: Eye Health Promotion
Health promotion resources:
- Indigenous Eye Health - Check Today, See Tomorrow diabetes eye care resources
- Diabetes Victoria – Feltman with eyes
  Breakout: Eye Health Data
Video (from VACCHO): Data Journey
Background documents:
01:00:42 Session 4 : Introduction  
01:03:07 Breakout Summary: Retinal imaging  
01:06:53 Breakout Summary: Improving eye care pathways  
01:08:46 Breakout Summary: Eye health promotion  
01:10:15 Breakout Summary: Eye health data  
01:11:31 Closing Remarks