A/Prof Angus Turner
Providing ophthalmology services to underserved populations has been on the minds and in the actions of Australian and NZ ophthalmologists since at least the 1940s. There have been planes, trains and automobiles used to deliver the right teams and equipment and the outcomes of these services and recent iterations in Australia will be analyzed. Connecting the remote populations with telehealth has also been conceptualized in the 1950s and recent technology is allowing for paradigm shifts in the distillation of pathology to help triage those who need care from visiting specialists. The use of artiﬁcial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare and the tangible impact and outcomes are within reach for ophthalmology to make signiﬁcant inroads to improving outreach and addres- sing the maldistribution of ophthalmologists in Australia. Finally, a new vision for regional West- ern Australia will be described to provide a mantle of eye care spanning prevention and primary care to specialist service for a dispersed population built on these innovations and evidence.