Specsavers is matching the Federal Government’s $1 million funding for the first year of a new national-diabetes-screening program, announced on 13 July.
Both the Federal Government and Specsavers have committed $1 million each for every year of five years – a total of $10 million over the first five years.
Major diabetes and eye-health groups have applauded the program to reduce vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes.
Combatimg diabetes-related blindness
The first such program is a major step in combating diabetes-related blindness and will assist early detection and treatment to protect the sight of over 1.2 million Australians living with diabetes.
Federal health minister, Mr Greg Hunt, on 13 July announced his department’s $1 million in funding for the first of five years, to commence development of the program outlined in a proposal put forward by the diabetes and eye-health groups.
Diabetes Australia will partner with Vision 2020 Australia, Oculo and Specsavers and engage all leading organisations in the eye-health and diabetes sectors across Australia to support the initiative.
Diabetes Australia’s chief executive officer, Professor Greg Johnson, said too many people with diabetes were missing out on eye checks that could prevent them from losing their sight.
Leading cause of blindness
“Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Australians. We are pleased the Australian Government
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