The Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service - IRIS - is a joint initiative of the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists and the Australian Government.
IRIS is funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing and was established mid-2010 to deliver a national approach to the delivery of eye health services in Australia's rural and remote communities.
IRIS plans to bring substantially improved eye health services to rural and remote parts of Australia through a co-ordinated and whole-of-care approach to service development and delivery.
The IRIS Taskforce, which is made up of representatives from ophthalmology, optometry, eye health co-ordination and the Australian Government is working to improve the national co-ordination of funding and general service delivery of eye health services in rural, remote and Indigenous communities across Australia.
The Future of IRIS Remains Uncertain
The future of the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) is in doubt.
After four years of successfully coordinating the delivery of eye health services across rural and remote Australia, no further funding has been committed to the IRIS Program.
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Funding for this project is provided to the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists by the Australian Government under the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program – Eye Health Teams for Rural Australia measure