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In November 2016, two new Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) items became available that will allow the capture of retinal photographs in people with diabetes for both Indigenous and mainstream Australians in general practice settings.

The new items are expected to support opportunistic retinal screening of those who are at risk of vision loss from diabetic eye disease.

Please read on for some of the updates, links and ideas to support the implementation of these MBS items and improve diabetes eye care awareness activities among the communities you serve.

 
Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne
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What's New

A Game Changer for Diabetes Eye Care

Every patient with diabetes is at risk of losing vision, but up to 98% of the cases of severe vision loss could be prevented.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines recommend annual eye examinations for Indigenous people with diabetes.

However, many Indigenous Australians with diabetes do not receive the recommended eye examinations.

A newly released paper by the head of the Indigenous Eye Health team, Professor Hugh Taylor writes about the game changing benefits that should flow from the new Medicare items for retinal photography (listed in November 2016), which will enable easy and affordable eye screening within the primary care setting for patients with diabetes.
Click here to read the full article on the MJA website

Video to Promote Regular Eye Checks

It's common for people to be worried about having an eye check.

The Promote Regular Eye Checks video is a helpful educational tool that can be shared to allay concerns and fears about an eye health assessment.
View, share or download here

Updated RAHC Diabetes and Eye Health Module

The free RAHC Diabetes and Eye Health online learning module provides an understanding of specific modifiable risk factors for diabetic retinopathy, the steps to assessment, clinical grading, diagnosis and referral for diabetic retinopathy.

Recently updated, the module is endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points with RACGP, ACRRM, OBA and APNA. 
Access the module here

Grampians - Closing the Gap in Indigenous Eye Health

Healthy Futures Report Card 2016 report cover

The great achievements of the Grampians Region Aboriginal Eye Health Advisory Group (GRAEHAG) with their success in enhancing eye health outcomes in the Grampians region is highlighted in this letter to the The Medical Journal of Australia.

IEH worked with the Grampians region to develop the ‘Check Today, See Tomorrow’ Diabetes eye care resources as a part of this broader project. The story of that process and the multi-media resources developed is told here

Resources Update

SA using the 'Check Today, See Tomorrow' resources

The Trachoma and Eye Health team at Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia have ordered the 'Check Today See Tomorrow' resources.
They attend many Aboriginal controlled clinics in S.A and provided the following feedback: "The resource is easy to set up and pack away. The pictures/diagrams and big clear font is a plus, considering most people we share this resource with have or had eye health issues. The Flipchart set up in the clinics sparks interest and curiosity with community members which leads into conversation about diabetic retinopathy and provides an opportunity to educate people about the disease. So it’s a good promotion and engaging tool/resource to have!"
Click here to download our Check Today, See Tomorrow resources

Order Your Check Today, See Tomorrow Shirt Today

Great to see the Lions Outback Vision (LOV) team wearing the Check Today See Tomorrow shirts at the Lions Eye Institute Open Day where the LOV van was on display.

Lions Outback Vision aims to address the unique challenges of delivering quality specialist eye health care to regional, remote and Indigenous communities across the state with the development and implementation of innovative and sustainable models of service delivery. LOV currently provide specialist eye health care services throughout the Pilbara, Kimberley, Goldfields, Midwest, Southwest and Great Southern regions of Western Australia.
Click here to download the T-Shirt Order Form

Get Involved!

@CheckTodaySeeTommorrow

Check Today, See Tomorrow Facebook page is almost at 1000 likes!

The @CheckTodaySeeTomorrow Facebook page provides a wealth of tips and ideas to help promote diabetes eye health.

Remember to like our page, post and share images from your health awareness events or other activities as together we Close the Gap for Vision. 
Follow the Check Today See Tommorrow Facebook page here

Upcoming Activities and Events

National Close The Gap (CTG) Day

Register now to hold an activity of your choice in support of Indigenous health equality. 
Register here

And remember to order in advance your 'Check Today, See Tomorrow' (CTST) health promotion resources to promote eye health as part of your CTG activity. 
Order your CTST resources here

Inaugural National Roadmap Conference

We are pleased to announce Indigenous Eye Health will be hosting a two-day ‘Close the Gap for Vision by 2020 National Conference’ on Indigenous Eye Health and the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision.
The conference is scheduled to run from Thursday 16th & Friday 17th March 2017 in Melbourne.

The conference will bring together people from across Australia, working in various areas of Indigenous eye care. This will be a time to reflect on what has been achieved and what still needs to be done to Close the Gap for Vision by 2020.
We are grateful for the support we have received from our partners:
NACCHO, Optometry Australia, RANZCO and Vision 2020 Australia.
For more information or to register for the conference please follow the link here

For more information, contact:
Indigenous Eye Health
Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street
The University of Melbourne
Parkville 3010 VIC Australia.

T: +61 3 8344 9320  www.iehu.unimelb.edu.au

''We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Country on which we work"

Our email address is:
Indigenous-EyeHealth@unimelb.edu.au

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