Aboriginal Eye Health

Aboriginal Eye Health Initiative

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The My Eye Health Program will take its messages to the Aboriginal communities of South Australia through various pathways, including visits to the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara & Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. In particular the focus will be on good facial hygiene, healthy lifestyles and the management of diabetes to prevent diabetic retinopathy.

The My Eye Health Program is proud to be partnered with the Adelaide Football Club to support the My Eye Health Aboriginal Eye Health Initiative. Please click here to find calendar bookings for this Program.

Big City Trip - Sight for All

Sight for All have created a short educational film called 'Big City Trip'. The film aims to help Aboriginal people from remote communities understand what happens when a patient travels to the city to have eye treatment, in particular cataract surgery, and then returns back to their home.

Watch the film below!

Big City Trip (11 mins) from Sight For All on Vimeo.

MEH Program Update - Aboriginal Eye Health Initiative

The My Eye Health Program (MEHP) has formed from a partnership between four key South Australian organisations – the Royal Society for the Blind, the Freemason Foundation, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (SA Branch) and Sight for All.

The MEHP has been working together with the Adelaide Football Club (AFC) and the Aboriginal Health Council of SA (AHCSA) to develop strategies to increase awareness about eye health in Aboriginal communities in South Australia. During 2011, this work is extending into the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara & Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

In May 2011 the MEHP had the opportunity to spend time in the APY Lands with the eye team from AHCSA on one of their eye trips. These eye trips occur bi-annually in each community and involve an Ophthalmologist and Optometrist spending a day in the local health clinic conducting eye examinations. The aim of this trip for the My Eye Health Program was to observe the clinics in action and to determine what our key messages should be and how we might successfully deliver our eye health messages.

The MEHP was also involved in the APY Lands Development Week at the end of June 2011. This program, organised through the AFC, gives football players from the APY Lands and Maralinga the chance to spend a week in Adelaide in training and development activities, culminating in playing the opening match prior for the Crows AFL game. A presentation about eye health was delivered to the football players and was very well received. The MEHP logo and information about the partnership between the AFC and the MEHP were also featured on the big screen at AAMI stadium before the Crows game.

Eyes - It's a rap!

Aboriginal artist, Caper's new rap music video encourages indigenous Australians to check their eye health.

As part of the My Eye Health Program, Sight for All approached Caper, also known as Colin Darcy, to write and record the song 'Eyes' as a way to raise awareness of the importance of eye health in Aboriginal communities where the risk of vision loss in adults is six times higher than the rest of Australia.