Primary eye care needs and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations across Queensland: a 'users' perspective

Wildsoet, Christine F. & Wood, Joanne M. (1996) Primary eye care needs and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations across Queensland: a 'users' perspective. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 79(5), pp. 188-201.

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The ocular health status of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) population is significantly poorer than that of the wider community. This study examined the primary eye care needs of, and services to, A&TSI people from an indigenous perspective. The findings reported here are based on questionnaire-based interviews of 292 A&TSI people from three urban and three rural communities in Queensland.

The level of eye care services to A&TSI people failed to meet the perceived needs of most communities, this deficiency being greater in rural than urban communities. Limited physical accessibility of optometric services, cultural barriers and education were identified as the three main issues contributing to the low utilisation rate of currently available services by A&TSI people.

These findings indicate unmet needs within A&TSI communities in Queensland, both for culturally appropriate and accessible primary eye care services and for education about eye health issues.

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ID Code: 11920
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal between 1998 - 2005 can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see link).
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Keywords: eye care, indigenous people, ocular health
ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:53

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