Launch of the Australian Eye and Ear Health Survey

The Centre for Vision Research at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) have announced the Australian Eye and Ear Health Survey, the second national eye health survey sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The survey will be delivered by WIMR and its partners, including Vision 2020 Australia member organisations Brien Holden Foundation and University of NSW School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

The survey will examine close to 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and non-Aboriginal Australians over a period of two years, beginning in the coming months.

Vision 2020 Australia CEO Judith Abbott welcomed the launch of the survey as an important investment which will provide critical data for use by government, the sector and other stakeholders.

“Vision 2020 Australia members across the eye health and vision care sector are keen to both contribute to the project itself and utilise the data it provides.

“This data will let us track our progress towards preventing avoidable vision loss, by enabling us to see what has changed since the first National Eye Health Survey was conducted” she said.

The survey will also provide a valuable data source for Australia in reporting against the new global eye health targets that were recently adopted at the 2021World Health Assembly.

“Australia played a key leadership role in securing support for those targets and this next survey will be critical in reporting against them,” Ms Abbott said.

Read more about the survey on WIMR’s website.