Policy Submissions and Proposals

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Mar 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Supporting Young Children and Families Early, to Reach their Full Potential

This submission highlights opportunities to improve system settings for people who are blind or have low vision as part of the planned reset of their Early Childhood, Early Intervention process. In particular, it notes that some children have not been given access to supports because they were awaiting medical diagnosis or because developmental delay couldn’t […]

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Mar 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Planning Policy for Personalised Budgets and Plan Flexibility

This submission celebrates positive changes which will give NDIS participants who are blind or have low vision more flexibility in the way they use their funds. It also highlights some opportunities for making sure the new planning process and other reforms work well for this cohort, including commitment to a timeframe for delivery of a […]

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Mar 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Access and Eligibility Policy with Independent Assessments

This submission highlights some potential difficulties people who are blind or have low vision may face following the introduction of the NDIA’s proposed independent assessments process later in 2021. It suggests a solution where independent assessments for this cohort are performed by experts in their needs such as orientation and mobility specialists, orthoptists and occupational […]

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Feb 2021

2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission

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 […]

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Jan 2021

Submission to review of the current version of the Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice

Strengthening the role of general practice in identifying and referring people who are at risk or are experiencing vision loss is an important element of preventing avoidable vision impairment and blindness. Vision 2020 Australia members recently worked on developing advice to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) about suggested changes to the next […]

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Nov 2020

Productivity Commission Indigenous Evaluation Strategy: Vision 2020 Australia Response Summary

On 30 October 2020, the Productivity Commission released a proposed Indigenous Evaluation Strategy. The Strategy, which has been delivered to the Government, sets out a new approach to evaluating Australian Government policies and programs. Prior to the release of the Strategy, Vision 2020 Australia submitted a response to the Draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy on 3 […]

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Oct 2020

Submission to the Department of Social Services: A New National Disability Strategy

This submission responds to questions posed in a Position Paper, as part of Stage 2 consultations in the development of the new National Disability Strategy. It recommends that economic security and health and wellbeing should be considered key outcomes for the Strategy. It endorses the proposal that attitude change should be one of the strategy’s […]

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Oct 2020

Medical Research Future Fund consultation to inform the third Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2020-2022

Consistent with the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015 (the Act), the independent Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) is conducting a consultation to develop the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2020-22 (the Priorities). The 2020-22 Priorities must be tabled in the Australian Parliament by 6 November 2020. The […]

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Sep 2020

National Preventive Health Strategy – response to consultation questions, September 2020

Vision 2020 Australia has provided responses to consultation questions to inform development of the National Preventative Health Strategy. Given the critical role vision plays in supporting childhood development and lifelong health, wellbeing and independence, Vision 2020 Australia believes it is important that the national strategy note that alongside prevention of chronic disease, prevention of avoidable […]

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Sep 2020

Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability: First Nations Peoples with disability – blindness and low vision perspectives

First Nations peoples currently experience blindness and vision loss at three times the rates of other Australians. People who are blind or have low vision are at higher risk of a range of adverse social and health outcomes, including increased risk of injury and depression. And, as the Commission’s issues paper acknowledges, both First Nations […]

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