What is the Vision Initiative?

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.

The Vision Initiative aims to prevent avoidable blindness and reduce the impact of vision loss for communities across Victoria. The program has three strategic objectives:

  • To improve the understanding and awareness among health professionals and eye health professionals of eye health and vision issues and referral pathways
  • To increase community awareness and knowledge of at-risk[1], non-tested[2] and under-tested[3] groups about the importance of prevention activity, regular eye tests and the value of low vision services
  • To ensure a platform for collaboration and sustainable partnerships between Victorian eye health and vision care providers, government and other organisations.

The Vision Initiative is managed by Vision 2020 Australia, the national peak body for eye health and vision care in Australia.

The program receives ongoing support from the Vision Initiative Steering Committee which is made up of 12 organisations representing the eye and health sectors across Victoria.

The Save Your Sight message of the Vision Initiative focuses on early intervention with the call to action:

Save Your Sight – Get Tested.

Visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist or speak to your doctor.


[1] At-risk = people with a greater chance of developing an eye condition.

[2] Non-tested = people who have never had an eye test before by an eye health professional.

[3] Under-tested = people who do not regularly have an eye test with an eye health professional.