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

Thursday 12 December marked the official opening of a new specialist eye clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients 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.

Eye and Ear CEO Brendon Gardner said the Ophthalmology Outreach clinic builds on the success of the Healthy Ears clinic, another partnership between VAHS and the Eye and Ear Hospital and which provides ear care services for children.

Having this unique clinic located at VAHS in Fitzroy, allows increased access to specialised services for the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and supports us in closing the health gap.

The clinic provides comprehensive ophthalmology care, and is staffed by ophthalmologists, orthoptists, a clinic coordinator and an aboriginal health liaison officer working together as a team.  

Ophthalmologist, Dr Rosie Dawkins says 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.”

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