Vision Initiative sets sights on at-risk Victorians
Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Health Gabrielle Williams MP today announced that thousands of residents across Bass Coast, Central Goldfields, Glenelg, Hepburn, Moira and Whittlesea are set to benefit from the government funded Vision Initiative eye health program.
At a launch in South Morang this morning, Ms Williams said the Vision Initiative would be rolled out to a further six Victorian local government areas following the success of the eye health program in eight other regions since 2012.
According to the most recent Victorian Population Health Survey, Bass Coast, Central Goldfields, Glenelg, Hepburn, Moira and Whittlesea have high proportions of people who have never had an eye examination placing their sight at increased risk.
Ms Williams said she was delighted the Vision Initiative was extending to new areas, as it would encourage more Victorians to get their eyes tested and save their sight.
Managed by Vision 2020 Australia on behalf of the Victorian government, the Vision Initiative aims to prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss through working with health providers in local areas to create better identification and referral of people at risk of eye disease and those affected by sight loss.
Vision 2020 Australia CEO, Carla Northam, said: ‘With approximately 90 per cent of blindness and vision impairment being preventable or treatable, if detected early, it’s critical that we work together to identify those at risk of eye disease and link them with local eye health services.’
‘At a local level we work with primary health networks, primary care partnerships and local councils to deliver initiatives to primary health providers and people at risk of eye disease in each community. We also work with state-level organisations like Diabetes Victoria, Australian College of Optometry and Vision Australia to help roll out these initiatives.’ Ms Northam said.
‘With our aging population and our increasing rates of diabetes, it’s time we worked together to make eye health a priority for all Victorians,’ Ms Northam said.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Adam Sawell at Vision 2020 Australia
03 9656 2020, 0401 096 507 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Vision Initiative
Managed by Vision 2020 Australia, the Vision Initiative is the Victorian Government’s public health response to the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss. Commencing in 2012, the aim of the Vision Initiative is to prevent avoidable blindness and address the impact of vision impairment in the Victorian community.
For more information visit: www.visioninitiative.org.au
About Vision 2020 Australia
As the national peak body for the eye health and vision care sector, Vision 2020 Australia represents approximately 50 member organisations involved in: local and global eye care; health promotion; low vision support; vision rehabilitation; eye research; professional assistance; and community support. Established in October 2000, Vision 2020 Australia is part of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative of the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
For more information visit: www.vision2020australia.org.au