Screening for visual acuity with a retinal camera

Measure 2.3.3:  The number of Indigenous Australians screened for diabetic retinopathy in the 12-month period who had also had a diabetes test in the 12-month period or in the year before, as a proportion of those who had a diabetes test (MBS data).

Current guidelines recommend a diabetic eye examination annually for Indigenous Australians with diabetes, and at least every two years for non-Indigenous Australians with diabetes.

There are 4 separate charts for this measure showing the proportion of those diagnosed with diabetes who had an eye examination in the recommended timeframe, by various characteristics.

Number of Indigenous Australians who had a visual acuity test by age, 2016–17 to 2019–20

This line graph shows the number of Indigenous Australians who were diagnosed with diabetes who had a visual acuity test from 2016─17 to 2019─20, by age group.  The number of eye examinations is highest for those aged 45–59 years across all years and has also risen most steeply for this group, rising from 173 in 2016–17 to 684 in 2018–19, before declining to 517 in 2019–20.

Number and rate per 1,000 of Indigenous Australians who had a visual acuity test by sex, 2019–20

This dual axis combined vertical bar chart and scatter plot shows the number and rate of Indigenous Australians diagnosed with diabetes who had a visual acuity test in 2019─20, by sex. The rate of visual acuity tests was higher for Indigenous females than Indigenous males (1.5 per 1,000 and 1.3 per 1,000, respectively).

Number and rate per 1,000 of Indigenous Australians who had a visual acuity test by jurisdiction, 2019–20

This dual axis combined vertical bar chart and scatter plot shows the number and rate of Indigenous Australians diagnosed with diabetes who had a visual acuity test in 2019─20, by jurisdiction. The rate was highest in Western Australia, 3.7 per 1,000 population and lowest in New South Wales, 0.3 per 1,000 population.

Number and rate per 1,000 of Indigenous Australians who had a visual acuity test by region, 2019–20

This dual axis vertical bar chart and scatter plot shows the number and rate of Indigenous Australians diagnosed with diabetes who had a visual acuity test in 2019─20, by region. The rate was highest in Remote and very remote areas combined, 3.1 per 1,000 population and lowest in Major cities, 0.8 per 1,000 population.

  • In 2019–20, an estimated 1,213 (1.4 per 1,000 Indigenous population) Indigenous Australians diagnosed with diabetes, had a visual acuity test with a retinal camera.
  • In 2018–19 and 2019–20, the rate of visual acuity tests for Indigenous Australians was lowest in Major cities (0.9 and 0.8 per 1,000, respectively) and highest in Remote and very remote areas (4.3 and 3.1, respectively).
  • From 2016–17 to 2019–20, age-specific rates of visual acuity tests for Indigenous Australians were highest for those aged 60–74 or 75 and over.