Indigenous eye health measures 2016

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released: 30 May 2017 author: AIHW

This is the first national report on 22 newly developed Indigenous eye health measures. The measures cover the prevalence of eye health conditions, diagnosis and treatment services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the eye health workforce and outreach services. Subject to data availability, the report examines differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as differences by factors such as age, sex, remoteness, jurisdiction and Primary Health Network.

ISBN 978-1-76054-122-4; Cat. no. IHW 178; 47pp.; $47

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Publication table of contents

  • Indigenous eye health measures 2016
  • Preliminary pages
    • Title & verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Background
      • 1.2 Eye health services and programs
      • 1.3 The Indigenous eye health measures
      • 1.4 Structure of the report
    • 2 Synthesis and discussion of key issues
      • 2.1 Synthesis of the findings
        • What is the extent of eye health problems?
        • How are eye health problems identified?
        • How are eye health problems treated?
        • Size and distribution of the workforce and outreach programs
      • 2.2 Key issues identified
        • Eye examinations by an eye care professional
        • Diagnosis and treatment of refractive error
        • Cataract surgery in metropolitan PHNs
        • Screening for diabetic retinopathy
        • High rates of eye injuries
      • 2.3 Future reporting
    • 3 The measures—detailed results
      • 3.1 Prevalence—what is the extent of eye health problems?
        • Measure 1.1: Prevalence of vision impairment and blindness
        • Measure 1.2: Main causes of vision impairment and blindness
        • Measure 1.3: Prevalence of trachoma and trichiasis
      • 3.2 Diagnosis and screening—how are eye health problems identified?
        • Measure 2.1: Eye health problems managed by GPs
        • Measure 2.2: Annual health assessments
        • Measure 2.3: Eye examinations by an eye care professional
        • Measure 2.4: Target population screened for diabetic retinopathy
        • Measure 2.5: Trachoma and trichiasis screening coverage
        • Measure 2.6: Undiagnosed eye conditions
      • 3.3 Treatment—how are eye problems treated and in what settings?
        • Measure 3.1: Hospitalisations for diseases of the eye
        • Measure 3.2: Hospitalisations for injuries to the eye
        • Measure 3.3: Hospitalisations for eye procedures
        • Measure 3.4: Cataract surgery rate
        • Measure 3.5: Cataract surgical coverage rate
        • Measure 3.6: Waiting times for elective cataract surgery
        • Measure 3.7: Trachoma and trichiasis treatment coverage
        • Measure 3.8: Treatment of refractive error
        • Measure 3.9: Spectacles dispensed under state schemes
      • 3.4 Workforce and outreach programs—size and distribution
        • Measure 4.1: Number and rate of optometrists
        • Measure 4.2: Number and rate of ophthalmologists
        • Measure 4.3: Number and rate of allied ophthalmic personnel
        • Measure 4.4: Occasions of eye health services provided under outreach programs
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Technical specifications
    • Appendix B: Data sources
    • Appendix C: Summary results by measure
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of maps

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. Indigenous eye health measures 2016. Cat. no. IHW 178. Canberra: AIHW.



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