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Government funded initiative to increase eye health access for Indigenous Australians


Diabetes related blindness in Aboriginal Australians is 14 times higher than in non-Indigenous populations and 94% of vision loss in Aboriginal communities is preventable or treatable. These worrying facts have motivated action by the Australian Government to fund a national program providing eye health testing equipment, and also training and support for the health services using the equipment, in more than 100 sites across Australia.


This news is greatly welcomed by the eye health sector. Brien Holden Vision Institute applied to coordinate the new program Provision of Eye Health Equipment and Training supported by the Department of Health, and will co-lead with  The Australian College of Optometry through a consortium approach with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, the Centre for Eye Health and Optometry Australia. Click here to read the full media release.


Eye Health Consortium April 2017

Bionic Eye Preclinical Trials 

The Australian College of Optometry's research division; the National Vision Research Institute, is in partnership with the University of Melbourne and IBionics to undertake further research into the Bionic Eye.  The research is expected to benefit people with age-related macular degeneration, the major cause of blindness and vision impairment in people over 50 and retinitis pigmentosa, the most common cause of blindness in the young. 

The Herald-Sun reported on Saturday that a $1M federal grant from the NHMRC will enable the University of Melbourne and the National Vision Research Institute in conjunction with IBionics to progress work on a high resolution electrode device to enable the vision impaired see faces and read. 

Click here to read the full article.

Herald Sun Nov 2016 Print


Patient and Clinical Services


The Australian College of Optometry provides low cost eye-care services to eligible Victorians through clinics in Melbourne metropolitan areas, outreach programs or by a network of private optometrists in rural Victoria.

You are eligible to attend our clinics if you have:

  • a Pensioner Concession Card, or

  • a Health Care Card

If you have an enquiry or would like to make an appointment please contact us on 03 9349 7400.



Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and pay our respect to their culture, and their past and present Elders.   We also pay respect to Indigenous cultures and Elders from other lands.