Blindness rates in Australian Aboriginal adults are over six times the mainstream rate.
Avoidable eye diseases
Diabetes is the fastest growing cause of visual loss in the adult Aboriginal population. Over one third of Aboriginal people with diabetes have diabetic eye disease. Most are not being adequately screened or treated for its blinding complications.
Trachoma is a blinding yet avoidable fly-borne infection that begins in childhood and is still an endemic problem in the Aboriginal communities of Australia, one of the few places in the world.
Sight For All is working together with The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and the Adelaide Crows and Port Power Football Clubs in the implementation of eye disease awareness campaigns for Aboriginal communities.
Our ambassador Andrew McLeod and patron Lowitja O’Donoghue are supporting us in our quest for better eye health in Aboriginal people.
Click here to watch the story on ABC’s 730 Report about Sight For All’s Aboriginal Eye Health Awareness Initiative.
Eye health awareness music video – “Eyes”
Talented young Aboriginal hip hop artist Colin Darcy (aka Caper) has written a superb song for us to raise awareness of the major blinding diseases that afflict Aboriginal people. Please click here to watch the wonderful video created for Sight For All by Urtext Film Productions and featuring Aboriginal players from the Crows and Power. A big thank you to Australian Executor Trustees who sponsored this initiative.
Cataract surgery awareness video – “Big City Trip”
Budaya Productions have completed Sight For All’s video for Aboriginal patients who need to come from remote communities to Adelaide or major towns for eye surgery. “Big City Trip” is played to patients in the health clinics to help alleviate fears about the journey, the surgery, and its outcomes. A big thank you to OZ Minerals who sponsored this initiative.
Diabetic eye disease awareness video – “Sid’s Bad Sugar”
Sight For All have recently finished working with Rubber House and Eddie White on an animated video to raise awareness amongst Aboriginal people of the potentially blinding complications of diabetic eye disease. A big thank you to OZ Minerals who sponsored this initiative. Please click here to watch the video.