In 2012-15, the Vision Initiative successfully tested a novel three-tiered approach to reduce avoidable blindness and vision loss in four local government areas (LGAs) in Victoria. The three-tiered approach was delivered via pilot projects in Darebin, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton and Latrobe, where populations were considered at increased risk of eye disease.
The recently released evaluation shows positive results across all four pilot project areas, with Greater Shepparton identified as the most effective. The three-tiered approach applied to Greater Shepparton has provided population-level change with health providers integrating eye health into their practices and the community becoming more proactive about their eye health.
The Vision Initiative is set to announce four new LGAs in early 2016.
For more information on the Vision Initiative Pilot Projects and to download the Vision Initiative Evaluation Report 2012-2015 visit the Vision Initiative website.
Prue Gildea, Vision 2020 Australia, (03) 9656 2020, 0400 394 275, firstname.lastname@example.org