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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health

RANZCO is committed to the reconciliation process with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) framework commits RANZCO to activities that seek to achieve equity in access and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; continue to build collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the health sector; build on our existing commitment to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ophthalmologists in Australia; and will improve and enhance our organisation’s indigenous cultural awareness and cultural safety practices.

RANZCO maintains a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Committee, which brings together ophthalmologists from across Australia who have particular experience in service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including via innovative service delivery models. The Committee informs RANZCO’s projects, policies, and advocacy work in this area.

RANZCO works in close collaboration with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, including via Vision 2020 Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee. Recently, Vision 2020 Australia has released its Strong Eyes, Strong Communities plan. RANZCO is also one of the original endorsers of the Roadmap for Closing the Gap for Vision, and its annual update is launched at RANZCO Congress each year. RANZCO also works in close collaboration with Indigenous medical education organisations (such as the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association – AIDA, and the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education – LIME) to ensure cultural competency is best embedded into the RANZCO Vocational Training Program.

Last updated: July 8, 2019

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