In 2015, RWAV was contracted by the Department of Health to be the commissioning agency for the Coordination of Indigenous Eye Health, funded through the Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP). The aims of the Coordination of Indigenous Eye Health project is to improve access to eye health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients across the full spectrum of eye care, to ensure integration of services from referral, initial consultations, to treatment and back to community; therefore providing a continuum of care at each touch point along the client journey. This is a component of the Closing the Gap – Improving Eye and Ear Health Services for Indigenous people.
Working across jurisdictions RWAV will identify workforce gaps and develop pathways to address inconsistencies in eye health, with the aim to better equip Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and their service providers to negotiate the existing complex pathways of eye health, from primary care into tertiary care and back to community. Linkages with Rural Health Outreach Fund, Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease and the Visiting Optometry Scheme service providers will be utilised to help inform the development of the eye health pathways in each Primary Health Network (PHN) region.
RWAV will work in collaboration with working parties and key stakeholders including consumers, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, mainstream GPs, local health services, specialists and PHNs to embed this project at a localised level.