Policy Submissions and Proposals

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Apr 2022

Submission to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: National Sports Injury Data Strategy

This submission was written in response to an online survey released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in relation to their draft National Sports Injury Data Strategy consultation report. Given that according to a previous AIHW report, sport is one of the four most common causes of eye injuries in Australia, it recommends […]

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Apr 2022

Submission to Health Policy Analysis (HPA) regarding Outreach Programs Evaluation for the Australian Government Department of Health

Vision 2020 Australia provided feedback to Health Policy Analysis (HPA) for the Evaluation of the Outreach Eyecare Programs conducted for the Australian Government Department of Health. Our members recognize the key role that outreach programs play in supporting access to health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples nationwide, and for achieving our shared […]

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Mar 2022

Submission to the Department of Social Services: A New Disability Employment Model

Following recent alarming research about employer attitudes, this submission recommends urgent changes to eligibility criteria to allow more people who are blind or have low vision access to Disability Employment Services (DES). It suggests that any new model for the service should aim to encourage providers with specialist knowledge of blindness and low vision. It […]

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Feb 2022

2022-23 Pre-Budget Submission

Vision 2020 Australia is the national peak body for the eye health and vision care sector. It represents organisations involved in local and global eye health and vision care, health promotion, low vision support, vision rehabilitation, eye research, professional assistance and community support. A range of Vision 2020 Australia members are making submissions to the […]

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Dec 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Annual Pricing Review 2021

This submission responds to consultation questions about the current price limits for therapy supports, the category under which many blindness and low vision services fall. It notes differences between the market for disability-specific supports and other more generalist therapies, as well as other environmental factors increasing the cost of therapy supports in the NDIA context. […]

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Dec 2021

Submission to the Department of Health: Care and Support Sector Code of Conduct

This brief submission, in responding to the Department’s questionnaire, recommends additional elements which should be included in a new code of conduct for the care and support sector, referring in particular to the Charter of Aged Care Rights, the final report by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and the United Nations […]

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Nov 2021

Submission to the Department of Health: Improving Choice in Residential Aged Care

This submission highlights the difficulties faced by people who are blind or have low vision living in or seeking to enter residential care. It outlines a number of measures that could result in more choice and freedom for our cohort, including provision of assistive technology, more accessible accommodation and communication, acknowledgement of people with vision […]

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Nov 2021

Submission to the consultation on draft Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan

Vision 2020 Australia supports the proposal to extend and enhance telehealth and virtual health care to provide accessible and equitable health care for all. During the COVID-19 pandemic research and innovation in telehealth solutions for eye care have been piloted with some success, providing communities with the opportunity to access time-critical and urgent eye care […]

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Sep 2021

Embedding Vision in Primary Care Submission

This submission to the Department of Health requests that vision checks become a core part of the Medicare Benefit Schedule chronic health checks. This submission was developed on the advice of the Prevention and Early Intervention Committee (PEIC) and aims to promote routine vision checks as part of the primary health care model for patients […]

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Jul 2021

Response to Request for Information: NDIA – Designing an Early Childhood Assistive Technology Approach

This document addresses questions posed by the NDIA in a Request for Information regarding potential new ways of proving assistive technology to children under 7. While agreeing with the Agency’s contention that awareness of what AT is available remains a problem, we noted that access to appropriate capacity building supports is the more significant issue […]

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