Vision 2020 Australia is committed to raising awareness of the importance of good eye health and vision care for all Australians and our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific region.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had substantial impacts for Australia’s health system and economy that will likely be experienced for many years to come. This submission proposes investment in a small number of high priority, high impact initiatives that will help address some of those challenges. These are targeted to areas where expanded capacity is needed to address both short term COVID-19 impacts and achieve a more sustainable longer-term health system, by:
- Enhancing local eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Tackling blindness in Papua New Guinea.
- Strengthening aged care responses for people who are blind or have low vision.
- Supporting innovation and improving access to sight-saving cataract surgery.