Position statement on meeting the needs of people who are blind or vision impaired within the aged care system

The number of people aged 65 and over in the Australian population is increasing, and the proportion of the total population who are between 50 and 65 years of age is expected to continue to grow significantly. Given the link between the older population and the increased incidence of blindness and vision loss, it is expected that there will be a greater number of people who are blind or vision impaired relying on the aged care system to receive the supports and services necessary to maintain their independence and live the life they choose. It is therefore critical that the aged care system is effective for people who are blind or vision impaired, given that the majority of this population group are aged over 65 years and will therefore be ineligible for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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