Eye health services for Aboriginal people in the western region of NSW, 2010

N S W Public Health Bull. 2012 Jun;23(3-4):81-6. doi: 10.1071/NB11050.


Aim: To assess the availability, accessibility and uptake of eye health services for Aboriginal people in western NSW in 2010.

Methods: The use of document review, observational visits, key stakeholder consultation and service data reviews, including number of cataract operations performed, to determine regional service availability and use.

Results: Aboriginal people in western NSW have a lower uptake of tertiary eye health services, with cataract surgery rates of 1750 per million for Aboriginal people and 9702 per million for non-Aboriginal people. Public ophthalmology clinics increase access to tertiary services for Aboriginal people.

Conclusion: Eye health services are not equally available and accessible for Aboriginal people in western NSW. Increasing the availability of culturally competent public ophthalmology clinics may increase access to tertiary ophthalmology services for Aboriginal people. The report of the review was published online, and outlines a list of recommendations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Facilities / statistics & numerical data
  • Eye Diseases / ethnology
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Humans
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander*
  • New South Wales
  • Ophthalmology / statistics & numerical data*