Optometric services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland

Wood, Joanne M. & Wildsoet, Christine F. (1996) Optometric services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 79(6), pp. 215-226.


Inadequate access to eye care services and limited awareness of eye health issues are believed to be factors contributing to the relatively poor ocular health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) population. This paper describes a survey of optometrists currently practising in Queensland, which determined their involvement in the provision of primary eye care to A&TSI people in urban and rural communities.

Only half of the optometrists who responded to the survey provided optometric services to A&TSI communities and only a small percentage of these provided services to rural communities. There was also evidence that many optometrists are unaware of the poor ocular status of A&TSI people, yet many stated that they would be prepared to provide a service if there was a need in the community.

The findings of this survey indicate a need for improvement in the optometric services offered to A&TSI communities in terms of their nature and accessibility.

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ID Code: 11921
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: aboriginal, indigenous, optometric services, primary eye care
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: 21 Apr 2010 16:24

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