Diabetes which affects about 1.7 million Australians, is the leading cause of preventable blindness Australia.
To combat this Health Minister, Hon Greg Hunt MP, today announced $1 million in funding for a new national diabetes eye screening program, to enable early detection and treatment.
Over the next five years the program will alert an estimated 630,000 Australians with diabetes, who are currently missing out on recommended eye checks. Diabetes Australia will partner with Vision 2020 Australia, Oculo and many organisations in the eye health and diabetes sector to deliver this important initiative.
Through Oculo and a new public portal to be built, optometrists, ophthalmologists, GPs, endocrinologists and diabetes health care professionals will be able to record patient eye checks and make sure patients get appropriate notifications for regular eye tests through the National Diabetes Services Scheme.
We are really excited at this opportunity to transform avoidable blindness in Australia and Oculo's central role in the effort!
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