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. 

To do this, Vision 2020 Australia wants the next Australian Parliament to support policy reform and commit $68.8 million over the next four years to:
  • 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.

#Icareforeyecare campaign

As momentum builds toward the election, Vision 2020 Australia is engaging with nearly 300 candidates across Australia as part of a targeted campaign designed to raise awareness of the issues around eye health and vision care at a local level.

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

Earlier this year, Vision 2020 Australia held three Vision Summits with the Australian Greens (15 February), Australian Labor Party (16 February), and Coalition Government (11 March), forming the centrepiece of the Towards 2020 campaign and enabling major parties to inform the eye health and vision care sector about the election policy commitments of their respective parties and respond to key questions from the sector.

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.

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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.
Member organisations have achieved much in the global eye health and vision care arena. Read the stories of their successes, and the lives they have changed here.
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