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RANZCO submits Pre-Budget Submission to Federal Government

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) recently submitted our 2021-2022 pre-budget submission to the government.

Our submission is aimed to enhance equitable service provision across Australia, ensuring patient safety and a sustainable ophthalmology workforce, covering the following priorities:

  1. Ending avoidable blindness through improving access to sight saving care, and the development of Collaborative Care Referral Pathways.
  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health through a call for increased funding, a partnership approach between government and communities, and improving service delivery by better understanding the patient journey.
  3. Improving rural and remote service delivery by growing the ophthalmology workforce and more MBS support for telehealth.
  4. Population health issues arising from climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
  5. Improved Doctor wellbeing, particularly in mental health and overall health and wellbeing.

RANZCO looks forward to supporting the government improve all facets of eye health across the Australian population, with a particular focus on ending avoidable blindness and improving patient access to sight-saving procedures.

Last updated: March 5, 2021

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