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Community Eye Care Project

What?

  • The project aims to prevent avoidable vision loss and blindness through changes to the delivery of services to treat diabetic retinopathy (DR) and glaucoma.
  • The model allows suitable patients that are triaged by an Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic to be seen by community optometrists.  The optometrist review of the patient is then reviewed by a hospital ophthalmologist who can then either expedite a specialist appointment at the clinic if needed or provide advice to the Optometrist of the proposed care. The Ophthalmologist provides feedback to the Optometrist which refines the review process.
  • This model allows suitable patients to be treated in the community allowing patients in need of more specialist care more timely access.

Why?

The project was established in recognition that existing services will not meet the needs of NSW’s ageing population as evidenced by the lengthy waiting lists for access to ophthalmologist services.

Who?

The C-Eye-C working group includes a range of GPs, nursing, orthoptists, optometrists, ophthalmologists and hospital managers from across NSW.

Where is this up to? (Jan 2019)

  • Evaluation of 2017/18 proof of concept is near completion
  • Draft Model of Care is in final draft form prior to review by Ophthalmology Network Governing Body in May 2019.