Federal Election Focus
In the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election on 2 July 2016, Vision 2020 Australia is ramping up efforts to secure policy commitments from the major parties and key minor parties to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision loss and ensure all people who are blind or vision impaired are included in the community.
Towards 2020: A shared vision of working in partnership for eye health and vision care
As part of its Federal Election campaign, Vision 2020 Australia and its members have developed a bold yet achievable plan Towards 2020 that sets out 15 key recommendations to reduce avoidable blindness at home and in our region, close the gap in Indigenous eye health and increase community participation for people living with blindness and vision impairment.
- develop and implement a nationally agreed action plan with performance indicators and reporting to stay on track
- implement a targeted eye health promotion program in areas most at risk to prevent and intervene early
- tackle diabetes related eye disease head on
- make sure the NDIS and aged care work for people who are blind or vision impaired
- continue Australia’s leadership in preventing avoidable blindness in our region.
Right up to election day on 2 July, Vision 2020 Australia will continue direct advocacy with key party decision makers and has sought a formal response to the Towards 2020 policy platform from each of the key parties.
The #Icareforeyecare campaign is building on the Towards 2020 policy platform by educating candidates on the number of people living with blindness or vision impairment in their communities and those who are at increased risk of diabetes related eye disease. By raising awareness at a local level, Vision 2020 Australia believes candidates will better understand the issues affecting their communities and be empowered to make a real stand for people in their area at risk of vision loss and those who are blind or vision impaired.
The #Icareforeyecare campaign is calling on candidates to show they care for eye care by signing a pledge and sharing it across their social media platforms to support action to put a stop to avoidable blindness and vision loss and make sure everyone who is blind or vision impaired has access to the services and supports they need.
2016 Vision Summits
The Vision Summits were a great opportunity to meet with parliamentarians and keep prevention, treatment and disability on the radar as well as closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and preventing avoidable blindness in our region. It is clear from the Vision Summits that all three parties consider health a priority and are committed to continuing their support of eye health and vision care.
View the 2016 Vision Summits Summary Report.
Keep up to date with Federal Election campaign
Check out Vision 2020 Australia’s Towards 2020 policy platform, Factsheet, and FAQ which can be found in the resources section of the Vision 2020 Australia website.