Katherine District Hospital - Jawoyn, Dagoman and Wardaman Country, Northern Territory
The IRIS Program provides sight-saving cataract surgeries to Indigenous, remote, and rural Australians.
We don’t measure success by how many services we deliver or through how many sites we work.
Success is measured by the number of patients we can treat and ensure their vision is restored through surgical intervention. We also measure our success based on the number of post-operative smiles.
The team who coordinates the IRIS Program have a depth of experience in delivering health services in regional, rural, and remote Australia.
We focus on addressing local constraints for the delivery of eye health services and ensuring patient care is the core focus.
This enables funding to be applied flexibly to maximise patient outcomes and experiences.
All clinical experts engaged in the IRIS Program hail from across the country and are recognised in their fields as genuine experts and masters of their craft.
This ensures that patients in rural and remote locations will receive the same world-class level of care as patients in Australia’s metropolitan cities.
We aim to provide care as close to home as possible and directly in the communities where the patients live.
The team understands the challenges of leaving the community to receive care in an unfamiliar location and we aim to ensure that patients travel as little as possible in the delivery of IRIS.
This reduces the dislocation of communities and greatly improves patient and carer experiences.
Bringing specialist teams into these communities also provides a source of revenue for the local economy via the businesses we support during our stay.
If you are a clinician involved in the delivery of eye health in Australia and believe you could contribute to remote and rural communities through IRIS, we want to hear from you.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with clinicians to investigate the ways you can get involved with IRIS or other aspects of the clinical services delivered by Vanguard Health.
If you believe your community has an existing eye health service deficit and would like to be considered by the IRIS Clinical Governance Committee for future schedules, we want to hear from you.
We are interested to hear from community leaders, community members, and clinicians working in remote and rural communities who believe that an IRIS visit would be beneficial to their community.
We will then investigate the need in your local area and assess it as part of the national planning process for future IRIS service locations.
If you believe in the IRIS story and want to help rural and remote communities with improved access to eye health services, we want to hear from you.
We are always looking for Partners who:
We believe in better health for remote communities and look forward to your support to extend our reach and delivery to more Australians.
The IRIS Program is delivered as a grant from the Australian Government, and we gratefully acknowledge their support for this critical health program in Indigenous, rural, and remote communities across Australia.
The Program is complementary to existing support services that aim to improve Indigenous eye health across Australia.
Vanguard is committed to engaging with Australian private specialists and health services to enable the efficient extension of their services to public patients Indigenous, rural and remote locations.
In partnership with clinicians and public health services, Vanguard Health has coordinated specialist health programs for both federal and state governments across Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, and the Northern Territory.
The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists was formed in 1984 to represent the medico-political interests of ophthalmologists across the country.
Today, the ASO has grown to become the peak medico-political body for ophthalmologists and their patients.
The ASO is committed to advocating for access to safe, affordable, and quality eye health services for all Australians.
When ophthalmologists and business associates join the ASO, they become part of a growing community of specialists united by a common goal to safeguard ophthalmology practise in Australia — the battles fought today, protect the future of tomorrow.
MDA National is a doctor-owned medical indemnity insurer that exists only to support and protect our Members and promote good medical practice. MDA have partnered with the Vanguard Health IRIS program and provided sponsorship to support the program ongoing.
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