• News
  • News
  • New specialist eye clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients opens in Fitzroy

New specialist eye clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients opens in Fitzroy

2021-06-29 10:21:36

A new specialist eye clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients has opened in Fitzroy as a partnership between The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS). This full service clinic is the first of its kind in a community controlled organisation in Australia.

This is a significant and practical step forward in closing the gap for Aboriginal patients who need specialist eye health care. The clinic aims to address the existing and growing demand for specialist eye care among the community by providing service for both paediatric and adults patients in a culturally safe environment. 

The clinic will be staffed by Ophthalmologists and Orthoptists supported by Aboriginal Health Workers, who work as a team to target patients with eye disease and has state of the art equipment which allows for injection and laser treatment for serious and ongoing eye conditions.

The clinic builds on the success of the Healthy Ears clinic, another partnership between the Eye and Ear and VAHS which provides ear care services for children. 

Ophthalmologist Dr Rosie Dawkins is delighted with the quality of care that can be delivered. “This clinic is the first full service ophthalmology clinic within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation. The equipment is state of the art. But more importantly, the partnership between VAHS and The Eye and Ear, and the friendships we have developed during the process, will be an asset in delivering care to the community,” Dr Dawkins said. 

VAHS CEO, Michael Graham notes that “This is another meaningful partnership arrangement between a tertiary provider and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service which is key to increasing access to specialised services which support closing the health gap and addressing local access to the specific medical needs of the Victorian Aboriginal community.”

The clinic will run fortnightly at the VAHS site in Fitzroy and is supported by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Caption: The Eye and Ear and VAHS staff cutting the cake to mark the official opening of the clinic in December 2019.

Left to right: 
Dr Rosie Dawkins, Ophthalmologist, The Eye and Ear
Gavin Brown, General Manager of Operations, VAHS 
Natalie Tieri, Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer, The Eye and Ear
Brendon Gardner, The Eye and Ear, CEO

More news

WAEH Newsletter – July 2021

Call for Abstracts now open! The 15th Annual WAEH meeting: 8 September 2021  Because of the ongoing global coronapandemic, the WAEH board has decided to organize The 15th Annual WAEH Meeting online. The meeting will be hosted by the St Erik Eye Hospital (Sweden) and the Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins (USA). Main theme: EyeHospital […]

“Big Data Analysis Report on Myopia Surgery in China Market” by AIER Group”

On May 23rd 2021, AIER School of Ophthalmology, Central South University and AIER Eye Research Institute jointly released “Report on Myopia Surgery in China Market” to the public. The report sampled and studied 1.02 million eyes with myopia surgery performed, namely 520,000 patients aged 18 to 79 from 206 cities in 29 provinces where they […]

24 June 2021 Webinar | Pediatric Eye Care – Coping with The Covid Pandemic in Eye Hospitals worldwide

Hosted by The WAEH Moderator: Maaike van Zuilen, Global Lead of the WAEH / Support Team Co-moderator:Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACS from the Kellogg Eye Center, Board member of the WAEH Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACSBartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professorin Eye Plastics and Orbital SurgeryProfessor, Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesProfessor, Department […]

Friday 10th December 2021 Webinar | The wider impact on people’s lives following the Covid 19 pandemic

Hosted by The WAEH Moderator: Maaike van Zuilen, Global Lead, WAEH What is a Schwartz Round? Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. The purpose of Rounds are to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic […]

WAEH Newsletter – June 2021

WAEH Webinar: Thursday 24 June Pediatric Eye Care – Coping with The Covid Pandemic in Eye Hospitals worldwide Moderated by:Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, Board member of the WAEH Dr. Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACSKellogg Eye Center – Ann Arbor, USABartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professorin Eye Plastics and Orbital SurgeryProfessor, Ophthalmology […]

Stay Up to Date With News, Inspirations and Events

A worldwide network of eye hospitals

Contact


Maaike van Zuilen,
maaike.vanzuilen@waeh.org

Social