Close the Gap for Vision by 2020 - National Conference 2017

Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne is hosting a two-day national conference on Indigenous eye health and the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision in March 2017. The conference will provide opportunity for discussion and planning for what needs to be done to Close the Gap for Vision by 2020 and is supported by partners National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Optometry Australia, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and Vision 2020 Australia.
Collectively, significant progress has been made to improve Indigenous eye health particularly over the past five years and we would like to reflect on this. The recent National Eye Health Survey found the gap for blindness has been reduced but is still three times higher. The conference will allow us to share the learning from these experiences and plan future activities.
The conference is designed for those working in all aspects of Indigenous eye care: from health workers and practitioners, to regional and jurisdictional organisations. It will include ACCHOs, NGOs, professional bodies and government departments. 
The topics to be discussed will include: 
  • Regional approaches to eye care
  • Planning and performance monitoring
  • Initiatives and system reforms that address vision loss 
  • Health promotion and education
Contact Indigenous Eye Health Unit for more information 03 8344 9320.
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