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