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National Diabetic Eye Screening Program Launched

Hundreds of thousands of Australians with diabetes are set to receive improved eyecare, following the launch of the national Keep Sight program on Monday.

This diabetes eye screening initiative was officially launched at an event at Parliament House attended by various stakeholders, including Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Specsavers’ optometry director Mr Peter Larsen. RANZCO CEO Dr David Andrews, Diabetes Australia (DA) CEO Professor Greg Johnson, and Vision 2020 Australia CEO Ms Judith Abbott were also in attendance.

Minister Hunt described the potential change in diabetes care as “huge” and said diabetic retinopathy in particular was a major issue affecting quality of life. 

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Three key components of the program are:

  1. The establishment of an eye examination alert and reminder system via the NDSS
  2. Creation and expansion of a digital eye care provider platform with data linkages to the NDSS
  3. Delivery of regular comprehensive eye examinations using existing networks of eye care and primary care providers.

For more information about this inititive, see also KeepSight: What Is It? on the Optometry Australia website.

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