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Vision Initiative

The Vision Initiative is an integrated eye health promotion program funded by the Victorian Government and managed by Vision 2020 Australia.

The Vision Initiative provides up to date information, training and other resources for primary health care professionals. The program works with primary health care to encourage people to seek regular eye examinations, particularly if they are at risk of eye conditions.

Vision and mission

To prevent avoidable blindness and address the impact of vision loss in the Victorian community. Objectives:

  • To increase the number of primary care professionals with a strong understanding of eye health and vision issues, common eye problems, and how to manage or refer these appropriately.
  • To boost eye testing rates in Victoria, with a specific focus on high-risk groups including specific CALD communities, people living with diabetes, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
  • To work with health organisations, including Primary Health Networks, to strengthen local referral pathways for eye testing.

How the Vision Initiative can help

The Vision Initiative has developed a range of information sheets, brochures, and multimedia clips that health providers can use with patients or customers to assist with educating them on eye health. Resources are available in English, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Burmese, Tamil, Hazaragi and Dari. Resources have also been designed with the help of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Information help lines

  • Call 03 9656 2020 for information, 9am to 5pm Mon to Fri AEST

Programs apps and tools

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Last reviewed: December 2021

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Frequently asked questions - Vision Initiative

Frequently asked questions This section provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about eye health and vision care

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Cataracts - Vision Initiative

Cataracts A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which may result in poor vision

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About eye health - Vision Initiative

About eye health By 2020, over 800,000 people will be affected by blindness or vision loss unless they become proactive about saving their sight

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The ageing eye - Vision Initiative

The ageing eye While eye conditions can develop at any age, it is important to know that the risk increases as we get older

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Booking an eye test - Vision Initiative

Booking an eye test Book an eye test Where do I go for an eye test? You can book an eye test directly with an optometrist who is a qualified eye health professional

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Age-related macular degeneration - Vision Initiative

Age-related macular degeneration Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with ageing that affects the central vision

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Sun and eye health - Vision Initiative

Sun and eye health When outside, it is important to protect your eyes from UV rays (sunlight)

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Glaucoma - Vision Initiative

Glaucoma Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that slowly damage the nerve for vision at the back of the eye (‘optic nerve’)

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Optometry services - Vision Initiative

Optometry services Optometrists are registered, university-trained health professionals

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Driving and Eye Health - Vision Initiative

Driving and Eye Health Even a small loss of vision can affect your driving

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