Since being created in 2010, the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) has been gathering momentum as the chief group responsible for co-ordinating specialised eye care for Australians living in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
Who is part of IRIS?IRIS is led by a Taskforce of professionals dedicated to changing the way eye healthcare is provided to Australians living outside of our major metropolitan and regional centres.
This impressive group is made up of ophthalmologists, optometrists, eye health co-ordinators and Federal Government representatives.
These professionals have been selected because of their experience and affinity with eye health care delivered in a rural or remote setting.
They are a passionate bunch of people who are volunteering their time and skills to manage IRIS.
What can I offer IRIS?
If you are an Ophthalmologist who is passionate about improving access to specialty eye health services for Australians living in rural and remote communities you are the perfect candidate for an IRIS project.
Ophthalmologists can become involved in IRIS in a number of ways. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should contact IRIS:
- Are you currently providing an eye health service in a rural, remote, or Indigenous setting?
- Do you need assistance to improve or expand on this service?
- Have you identified an area of eye health need where IRIS could be of assistance in either establishing an eye health service or expanding on an existing one?
How can I become involved?
- Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program Guidelines (PDF)
- Guidelines for eye health teams for rural Australia - expansion of MSOAP (PDF)
- Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO)
- Department of Health and Ageing
- The Visiting Optometrists Scheme
- Optometrists Association of Australia
- Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH)