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Project Background

Fred was a fierce defender of human rights. He fought for what he believed in, especially when it came to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Currently Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are 3 times more likely than other Australians to go blind. But 90% of their vision loss is preventable of treatable and 35% of adults have never had an eye exam.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is making Fred’s dream a reality – that is to see a world where no person is needlessly blind and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people exercise their right to good health.

Project Aim

In a vast country with many rural and remote communities, accessibility to services is a geographic and economic barrier for some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This is particularly true in the terms of receiving eye health care.

The Lions Eye Institute Ophthalmology Outreach Project will address the challenges of delivering quality specialist eye health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote communities across Western Australia. 

The outreach activities will operate out of a ‘Vision Van’, a mobile eye health van, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, which travels throughout Western Australia delivering vital services to regional, remote and Indigenous communities, reducing rates of avoidable blindness.

Key Project Objectives

  • To improve the quality, quantity and delivery of eye health services to people of regional and remote Western Australia; and
  • To raise the profile of avoidable blindness as a public health issue and building support for eye health programs.

Specific Project Outputs

Thanks to your generosity, The Fred Hollows Foundation is looking to achieve the following outputs through this project in 2017: 

  • 2,300 people screened in remote communities;
  • 500 cataract operations performed;
  • 200 diabetic retinopathy procedures performed;
  • 40 other eye health procedures performed; and
  • 1 Ophthalmology Fellow trained and supported.

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