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:
Session Recordings/Presentations/Videos/Supplementary Materials
|Time||Session Recording||Presentations/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|
Video: VAHS Eye Clinic
|00:26:57||Presentation: EACH Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Team – Eye Health Promotion|
Video 1: Bunjils Mirring Nganga-djak project
Video 2: EACH Optometry Clinic
|00:42:08||Interview with Jock Paterson: MDAS Optometry & ACCHO|
|00:51:59||Presentation: Eye Health Services at MDAS Swan Hill/Kerang|
Video/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
- VACCHO/Vision Initiative – brochures/poster on eye conditions and $10 spectacle scheme
|Breakout: Eye Health Data|
Video (from VACCHO): Data Journey
|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|