The Australian College of Optometry Visiting Optometrists Scheme contract with the Australian Government Department of Health has been extended to include additional sites through to June 2014.
Some of the new sites were identified by the Department as areas where more services were required for Aboriginal communities. As a result the ACO applied for, and was granted, additional funding.
The new sites are: Aboriginal Health Services at Kerang, Morwell and Bendigo in Victoria; and Aboriginal Health Services at Mt. Gambier and the Riverland region inSouth Australia.
Additional sites were added to increase the focus on residential aged care clients, elderly clients and clients with diabetes. These sites are: Boort and Birchip in central Victoria; and Minyip, Jeparit, Rainbow and Edenhope in the Horsham region of Victoria.