Why optometry must work from urban and regional Aboriginal Health Services

Clin Exp Optom. 2012 Nov;95(6):615-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0938.2012.00805.x. Epub 2012 Sep 20.


The gap in vision and ocular health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians continues to be significant, yet three-quarters of the identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population live in urban and regional areas of Australia where existing eye-care services are available. In urban Australia, an improvement in the access and use of eye-health services is required to provide equitable eye-care outcomes for Australia's Indigenous peoples. Optometric services need to be available within Aboriginal Health Services in urban areas to effectively close the gap for vision.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Community Health Services / methods*
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Health Services, Indigenous*
  • Humans
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander*
  • Optometry / organization & administration*
  • Public Health
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Urban Health Services / organization & administration*