The Vision Initiative and Eastern Melbourne PHN are working in partnership to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision loss in the Whittlesea local government area.
Whittlesea Council residents have been identified at increased risk of vision loss with about one in five adults never having had an eye test.
In Australia, 90 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable, if detected early.
General practices are often the first point of contact a person has with the health system and play a critical role in identifying patients at risk of eye conditions, educating them on eye health and vision care and referring them to have regular eye examinations.
To assist with the integration of eye health and vision care into general practice, the Vision Initiative will be meeting with general practices across the Whittlesea Council area to provide information about the program and free resources for your practice and patients.
These visits will take place from March 2018. To organise a meeting in advance, please call the Vision Initiative on 9656 2020 alternatively you will be contacted by a Vision Initiative team member.
The Vision Initiative is an integrated health promotion program funded by the Victorian Government and managed by Vision 2020 Australia. Its aim is to prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss and address the impact of vision impairment in the Victorian community.
For more information on the Vision Initiative visit www.visioninitiative.org.au