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For decades, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Lander people have experienced low health outcomes than non-indigenous Australians. Today, there’s still a ten-year gap in life expectancy. Poor eye health and a lack of easy access to services play a part in this.
Professor Fred Hollows had a fierce determination to improve the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This mission lives on in The Foundation and much of the work we do.
In 1980 Indigenous Australians were 10 times more likely to be blind than other Australians. Since then, the gap has been significantly reduced, yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still 3 times more likely to be blind than other Australians.
Our challenge, and opportunity, is to close the gap.
Our program in Australia makes a strong contribution to eye health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Last year, our work contributed to 60% of the eye exams delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and 1 in 4 cataract surgeries.
Our work is having a real impact, but we must scale up to see a long term improvement.
The Fred Hollows Foundation is determined to deliver Fred Hollows’ vision of preventing blindness and restoring sight. By working with our partners and their communities, we ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can exercise their right to sight, good health and self-determination.
Over the next five years, The Foundation will focus its work on tackling significant eye health issues for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We will:
The Fred Hollows Foundation is making its biggest ever investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. We have launched an ambitious plan to end avoidable blindness to close the gap.
Your generous donation of $20,000 will support the following activities:
The Fred Hollows Foundation works in partnership with like-minded organisations and health providers to ensure the largest possible reach and impact of our sight restoring work. In Australia, we work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services because we believe Aboriginal organisations are best placed to provide eye care appropriate to local people.
The Fred Hollows Foundation’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan sets out the impact we aspire to have and how we will deliver that impact. This strategy sets ambitious targets against our disease priorities, including closing the gap in avoidable blindness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You can read more about our five-year strategy here: https://www.hollows.org/au/five-year-strategy