Eye on good health

November 22, 2016

Kim Sedick and Rebecca Kelleher from Rumbalara have launched an eye health initiative with Aus College Optometrists.

Rumbalara has joined forces with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Vision Initiative to help close the vision gap.

Vision loss is sadly prevalent in the Victorian Aboriginal community, and 94 per cent of vision loss is treatable or preventable.

Chronic health nurse Rebecca Kelleher said the health campaign, which was launched on Friday, was all about closing the gap and getting eyes tested regularly to stop presentable vision loss in the indigenous community.

‘‘We are trying to reduce those barriers to people can get their eyes checked,’’ Ms Kelleher said.

‘‘Many chronic diseases can affect the eyes.’’

Respected Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta artist Lyn Briggs was commissioned to create promotional material for the campaign, to better target the indigenous community.

VACCHO chief executive Jill Gallagher said the designs for the new campaign material was widely praised.

‘‘We identified a shortage of culturally appropriate eye health promotion literature and training resources on eye health for Aboriginal health workers,’’ Ms Gallagher said.

‘‘For the first time I feel we now have the communications tools we need to really get the eye health message to our communities.’’

As part of the campaign, an optometrist will visit Rumbalara at Mooroopna every fortnight to conduct eye tests for the indigenous community.

Victoria’s indigenous community also has access to the Victorian Aboriginal Spectacles Subsidy Scheme, which provides glasses for just $10.

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