Vanessa Harris (3rd R), General Manager of Research at the Lowitja Institute, with a focus
group at Sunrise Health in Katherine, NT. Photo courtesy of Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation
The Lowitja Institute recently assisted the Public Health Division of the Brien Holden Vision Institute with focus group testing as part of the Vision CRC project ‘Models of Vision Care Delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities’.
The Institute facilitated the focus groups to further explore program challenges and identify the key priorities required to integrate and improve eye care systems in Aboriginal health services.
Collaboration from Aboriginal Medical Services management and operational staff in the north-west and New England regions of New South Wales, and the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, all contributed significantly to the findings.
Similar eye care priorities were uncovered in NSW and the NT. The focus group information will help contribute to establishing and developing improved regional coordination and better delivery of eye care systems to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The Vision CRC project includes steering committee representation from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW, the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Optometrists Association Australia, the Lowitja Institute, Vision Care NSW and Vision 2020 Australia. For more information, go to: www.visioncrc.org.