CSIRO Broadband Enabled Tele Eye Care TrialIRIS Coordinator Ghillaine Wharton with patient

IRIS through the ASO is supporting the CSIRO in a vital initiative to improve specialist eye care across three remote sites in Australia.

The Indigenous Tele-Eye Care trial is a $1.96M initiative to demonstrate the use of satellite supported broadband network to provide remote delivery of specialist eye care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in 3 rural and remote areas across Western Australia and Queensland. 

The primary aims of the initiative is to improve access to ophthalmic health services, reduce the number of patients required to travel for diagnosis and treatment and to trial the interoperable eye screening telemedicine platform Remote-I (a CSIRO developed technology). The project is using DRS retinal scan cameras to trial Remote-I. 

IRIS is assisting the CSIRO with the delivery of the trial across three locations (Badu, Bamaga and Thursday Island) in the Torres Strait. 

CSIRO and IRIS have recently moved from the initial pilot phase of the Tele-health service to a fully operational model with Badu, Bamaga and Thursday Island now actively capturing images and sending them for Specialist review in Brisbane.

 IRIS Coordinator Ghislaine Wharton with a patient in the Torres Strait

IRIS hopes to capture 600 images through it’s 3 operational sites by June 2014 and leave in place a fully proven and effective ophthalmology service which utilises tele-health practices to deliver a more cost effective and patient centric eye service for the region.

 

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