Prof Hugh Taylor, Dr Kristopher Rallah-Baker Prof Nitin Verma, Dr Rosie Dawkins Dr Kristin Bell, Mr Shaun Tatipata Dr Eline Whist
Synopsis: Nine years after the release of the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision policy framework in 2012, eye health access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have measurably improved, but are yet to deliver equity with other Australians. The symposium will identify and explore practical measures that can be taken by ophthalmologists to contribute to improved and sustained access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
In this session, speakers will identify practical contributions that ophthalmologists can make towards this goal in their own everyday work and practice, for those practicing both in urban centres and regional areas. Key topics include cultural safety, relationships and collaborations, patient identification and establishing effective pathways of care. Solutions to improved availability and access for ophthalmic services will be explored.The symposium will include a Questions and Answers session featuring presenters as an expert panel. Participants will discuss various experiences, strategies and approaches to improve eye health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples living in the delegates’ catchment area.