National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and



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National Framework for Action to Promote

Eye Health and

Prevent Avoidable Blindness and

Vision Loss

Third Progress Report to

Australian Health Ministers

covering the period 2011-2014

December 2015



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Third Progress Report to Australian Health Ministers (2011-2014) - National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss

Online ISBN: 978-1-76007-201-8

Publications approval number: 11129 

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Contents


Copyright page 2

Contents 3

Acknowledgements 9

Acronyms 10

Executive Summary 12

Common eye health activities identified in jurisdictions 12

Collaboration between the Commonwealth and jurisdictions 13

Eye conditions 13

Challenges 13

Background 14

Overview of jurisdictional activity from July 2011-June 2014 - Key Action Areas 15

Tabulated summary of jurisdictional activity for the period 2011-2014 - Key Action Areas * 17

Jurisdictional update – Australian Capital Territory 19

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 19

Action Area: People with Diabetes 19

Action Area: Eye Injury Prevention 19

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 19

Action Area: Public Awareness 19

Action Area: Primary Health Care 19

Action Area: People with Diabetes 20

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 20

Action Area: Workforce Supply 20

Action Area: Access to Cataract Surgery 20

Action Area: Affordability 21

Action Area: Cultural Accessibility 21

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 21

Action Area: Workforce Development – Primary Health Care Workforce 21

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 21

Action Area: Knowledge Transfer 21

Action Area: Eye Health Data 21

Jurisdictional update – Commonwealth 22

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 22

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 22

Action Area: Maternal and Child Health 23

Action Area: People with Diabetes 23

Action Area: Eye Injury Prevention 23

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 25

Action Area: Public Awareness 25

Action Area: Primary Health Care 25

Action Area: People with Diabetes 26

Action Area: Childhood Screening 26

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 27

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 27

Action Area: Access to Cataract Surgery 28

Action Area: Affordability 29

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 31

Action Area: Service Integration 31

Action Area: Workforce Development – Specialist Workforce 32

Action Area: Consumer Focus 33

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 34

Action Area: Research Gaps and Priorities 34

Action Area: Eye Research Workforce Development 45

Action Area: Knowledge Transfer 46

Action Area: Eye Health Data 46

Jurisdictional update – New South Wales 48

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 48

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 48

Action Area: Maternal and Child Health 48

Action Area: People with Diabetes 49

Action Area: Eye Injury Prevention 53

Action Area: Research 53

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 55

Action Area: Public Awareness 55

Action Area: Primary Health Care 55

Action Area: People with Diabetes 56

Action Area: Childhood Screening 59

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 63

Action Area: Workforce Supply 63

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 64

Action Area: Access to Cataract Surgery 67

Action Area: Affordability 67

Action Area: Cultural Accessibility 69

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 71

Action Area: Service Integration 71

Action Area: Workforce Development – Specialist Workforce 76

Action Area: Workforce Development – Primary Health Care Workforce 77

Action Area: Consumer Focus 77

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 77

Action Area: Research Gaps and Priorities 77

Action Area: Eye Research Workforce Development 79

Action Area: Eye Health Data 81

Jurisdictional update – Northern Territory 82

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 82

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 82

Action Area: Maternal and Child Health 82

Action Area: People with Diabetes 83

Action Area: Eye Injury Prevention 84

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 84

Action Area: Public Awareness 84

Action Area: Primary Health Care 84

Action Area: Childhood Screening 85

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 86

Action Area: Workforce Supply 86

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 86

Action Area: Access to Cataract Surgery 87

Action Area: Affordability 87

Action Area: Cultural Accessibility 88

Action Area: Public Awareness 88

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 89

Action Area: Service Integration 89

Action Area: Workforce Development – Specialist Workforce 89

Action Area: Workforce Development – Primary Health Care Workforce 91

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 91

Action Area: Knowledge Transfer 91

Action Area: Eye Health Data 91

Jurisdictional update – Queensland 92

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 92

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 92

Action Area: Maternal and child health 92

Action Area: People with Diabetes 92

Action Area: Eye injury prevention 94

Action Area: Research 94

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 94

Action Area: Primary Health Care 94

Action Area: People with diabetes 96

Action Area: Childhood screening 96

Key area for action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 96

Action Area: Workforce supply 96

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 96

Action Area: Access to Cataract Surgery 98

Action Area: Affordability 98

Action Area: Cultural accessibility 99

Action Area: Public Awareness 99

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 99

Action Area: Service integration 99

Action Area: Workforce Development – Specialist Workforce 100

Action Area: Workforce Development– Primary Healthcare Workforce 100

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 100

Action Area: Eye research workforce development 100

Action Area: Knowledge transfer 100

Jurisdictional update – South Australia 101

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 101

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 101

Action Area: Maternal and Child Health 101

Action Area: People with Diabetes 101

Action Area: Research 102

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 102

Action Area: Public Awareness 102

Action Area: Primary Health Care 102

Action Area: People with Diabetes 103

Action Area: Childhood Screening 103

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 103

Action Area: Workforce Supply 103

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 104

Action Area: Access to Cataract Surgery 104

Action Area: Affordability 104

Action Area: Cultural Accessibility 104

Action Area: Public Awareness 104

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 105

Action Area: Service Integration 105

Action Area: Workforce Development – Specialist Workforce 106

Action Area: Workforce Development – Primary Health Care Workforce 106

Action Area: Consumer Focus 106

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 106

Action Area: Research Gaps and Priorities 106

Action Area: Eye Research Workforce Development 106

Action Area: Knowledge Transfer 107

Jurisdictional update – Tasmania 109

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 109

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 109

Action Area: People with Diabetes 110

Action Area: Eye Injury Prevention 112

Action Area: Research 113

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 113

Action Area: Public Awareness 113

Action Area: People with Diabetes 114

Action Area: Childhood Screening 114

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 114

Action Area: Workforce Supply 114

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 114

Action Area: Access to Cataract Surgery 116

Action Area: Affordability 116

Action Area: Cultural Accessibility 116

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 117

Action Area: Service Integration 117

Action Area: Workforce Development – Specialist Workforce 117

Action Area: Workforce Development – Primary Health Care Workforce 117

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 117

Action Area: Research Gaps and Priorities 117

Action Area: Eye Research Workforce Development 118

Action Area: Knowledge Transfer 118

Action Area: Eye Health Data 118

Jurisdictional update – Victoria 119

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 119

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 119

Action Area: People with Diabetes 121

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 122

Action Area: Primary Health Care 122

Action Area: Childhood Screening 124

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 124

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 124

Action Area: Affordability 125

Action Area: Cultural Accessibility 128

Action Area: Public Awareness 131

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 131

Action Area: Service Integration 131

Action Area: Workforce Development – Primary Health Care Workforce 132

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 133

Action Area: Eye Health Data 133

Jurisdictional update – Western Australia 135

Key Area for Action 1: Reducing the risk 135

Action Area: Eye Injury Prevention 135

Key Area for Action 2: Increasing early detection 137

Action Area: Raising Public Awareness 137

Action Area: People with Diabetes 137

Action Area: Childhood Screening 138

Key Area for Action 3: Improving access to eye health care services 140

Action Area: Rural and Remote Communities 140

Action Area: Cultural Accessibility 140

Key Area for Action 4: Improving the systems and quality of care 140

Action Area: Service Integration 140

Key Area for Action 5: Improving the evidence base 141

Action Area: Eye Research Workforce Development 141

Action Area: Eye Health Data 142

Appendix 1: Eye Health Working Group Membership 143

Membership of the CCPHPC Working Group in 2015 143



Glossary of Key Terms for Third Progress Report 145


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