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Vision 2020 makes 10 proposals to productivity commission

09/10/2017
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More funding, ophthalmic telehealth services and the introduction of electronic patient record systems are among 10 proposals Vision 2020 Australia has made to improve eye health in remote Indigenous communities.

The recommendations were the cornerstone of a report submitted to the Productivity Commission as part of an inquiry into human services, which focused on better access to effective and reliable services.

"Other proposals included regular reviews and ongoing funding for the Visiting Optometrists Scheme"

Vision 2020 was invited to comment on the Inquiry into introducing competition and informed user choice into human services, and its policy submission was based in part on the results of the 2016 National Eye Health Survey (NEHS).

Other proposals included regular reviews and ongoing funding for the Visiting Optometrists Scheme, and more staff trained in the provision for health services in remote communities.

The report declared the current level of eye health and vision care service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities as inadequate and warned that introducing competition needed to be balanced against the impact this could have among existing service providers.

“Any improvements from introducing greater competition, contestability and user choice will be limited without addressing the underlying issues regarding funding and funding certainty," the report stated.

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