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Centre for Research Excellence in Diabetic Retinopathy in Indigenous Australians

Indigenous Australians with diabetes are higher risk of diabetic eye damage (retinopathy) and also (commonly associated) kidney damage and cardiovascular disease. Screening for retinopathy is important to enable identification of eye damage, risk factor control (such as smoking, high glucose, blood pressure and blood fat levels), yet screening rates are often suboptimal for Indigenous Australians, particularly in rural and remote areas. A new model of screening, with Indigenous Health Care workers or diabetes nurse undertaking eye testing, including eye (retinal) photos in general practices settings is being tested, and providing successful. The levels of retinopathy and heart disease risk factors are being identified.

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