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Equity in vision in Australia is in sight

Implementing the roadmap to close the gap for vision — progress and more work to do

The roadmap to close the gap for vision was developed after extensive nationwide consultation and launched in 2012.1 It comprises 42 recommendations that span a whole-of-system approach to eliminate disparities in Indigenous eye health.2 These recommendations seek to increase accessibility and uptake of eye care services by Indigenous Australians; improve coordination between eye care providers, primary care and hospital services; improve awareness of eye health among patients and clinicians; and ensure culturally appropriate health services. The roadmap is a costed and sector-endorsed framework for a sustainable and efficient system. Community engagement is fundamental for achieving these objectives. It is essential that community and sector stakeholders drive and genuinely own this effort. This public health initiative includes activities to be implemented at regional, jurisdictional and national levels in order to achieve health system reform and improve patient engagement across the eye care pathway.

The roadmap aims at more than just improving eye health — it is about achieving equity. Up to 94% of vision loss in Indigenous adults is avoidable or amenable to treatment.2 Additionally, vision influences and is influenced by the social…