What is the Vision Initiative?

The Vision Initiative focuses on reducing avoidable vision loss and its costs to individuals, their communities and the broader health care system with a focus on the five most common causes of vision loss. We target people aged 40 plus, as this is where most vision loss occurs.

The Vision Initiative provides up to date information, training and other resources for primary health care professionals. We work with primary health care to encourage people to seek regular eye examinations, particularly if they have risk factors for those conditions.

We work with partner organisations and networks to spread that information and messaging widely, leveraging existing channels and networks, and embedding eye health within broader health care and community sectors to support a more integrated approach to preventing avoidable
vision loss.

Our objectives are:

  1. To increase the number of primary care professionals with a strong understanding of eye health and vision issues, common eye problems, and how to manage or refer these appropriately.

  2. To boost eye testing rates in Victoria, with a specific focus on high-risk groups including specific CALD communities, people living with diabetes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and older Victorians.

  3. To work with health organisations, including Primary Health Networks, to strengthen local referral pathways for eye testing.