1.16 Eye health

This measure reports on the prevalence of eye health issues, including low vision, blindness, refractive error, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and trachoma for Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

The partial or full loss of vision affects all dimensions of life. Vision loss and eye disease can lead to linguistic, social and learning difficulties, as well as behavioural problems during schooling years, which can then lead to poor education outcomes and employment prospects. Indigenous Australians have higher rates of cataract, diabetic retinopathy and trachoma than non-Indigenous Australians (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Government Department of Health data
  • Australian Health Survey
  • Family Medicine Research Centre, University of Sydney, BEACH data
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
  • Trachoma surveillance report
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Health Survey
  • National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • National Indigenous Eye Health Survey

References

  • Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Committee 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.