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What is IRIS?

The Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service - IRIS - was a joint initiative of the Australian Society of 
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IRIS was funded by the Federal Department of Health from 2010 to September 2014 to deliver a national approach to the delivery of eye health services in Australia's rural and remote communities.

IRIS brought 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 was made up of representatives from ophthalmology, optometry, eye health co-ordination and the Australian Government worked 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 End of IRIS

As the Australian Government has decided to provide no further funding for IRIS, the program has now finished. 

From 2010 - 2014 IRIS delivered over 15,000 eye health services across 26 rural and remote towns across Australia. This included over 2,000 procedures to improve or restore sight for thousands of Australians. 

A truly national program, IRIS delivered services in all Australian States and Territories (except the ACT). 

For further information on the successes of the program, please click here



footer_logosFunding 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