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Since being created in 2010, the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) has been gathering momentum as the chief group responsible for co-ordinating specialised eye care for Australians living in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Who is part of IRIS?

IRIS is led by a Taskforce of professionals dedicated to changing the way eye healthcare is provided to Australians living outside of our major metropolitan and regional centres.

This impressive group is made up of ophthalmologists, optometrists, eye health co-ordinators and Federal Government representatives.

These professionals have been selected because of their experience and affinity with eye health care delivered in a rural or remote setting.

They are a passionate bunch of people who are volunteering their time and skills to manage IRIS.

What can I offer IRIS?

If you are an Ophthalmologist who is passionate about improving access to specialty eye health services for Australians living in rural and remote communities you are the perfect candidate for an IRIS project.
Ophthalmologists can become involved in IRIS in a number of ways. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should contact IRIS:

  • Are you currently providing an eye health service in a rural, remote, or Indigenous setting?
  • Do you need assistance to improve or expand on this service?
  • Have you identified an area of eye health need where IRIS could be of assistance in either establishing an eye health service or expanding on an existing one?

How can I become involved?

The first step to becoming involved in IRIS is to contact IRIS Program Coordinator Sam Chenoweth to discuss your interest in the Service via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone: (07) 3831 3007.

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footer_logosFunding for this project is provided to the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists by the Australian Government
under the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program – Eye Health Teams for Rural Australia measure