Context

Central Australia is home to over 40,000 residents living across an area the size of Spain. Up to 50% of residents identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Health services are stretched as they service many small and sparse communities. Like many Indigenous Peoples around the world, Indigenous Australians are more likely to be blind than other Australians. 94% of vision loss experienced by Torres Strait Islander Peoples is treatable or preventable.

 

Supported Project

In 2022-2023, L'OCCITANE Australia supports the project of The Fred Hollows Foundation which aiming to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Central Australia have access to high quality, affordable, and culturally appropriate eye care. 

To do so, The Fred Hollows Foundation is supporting two Aboriginal workforce positions in Central Australia:

  • an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Alice Springs Hospital, who contributes to the provision of culturally appropriate health services to Aboriginal patients and their families,
  • an Optometrist at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, who is responsible for screening and referring patients at the Alice Springs clinic, as well as populations across five remote communities.

Some Figures

 

Budget 62,327 euros

Goal 410 beneficiaries

History of the Partnership

L'OCCITANE Australia has supported this project since 2021. Learn more about it here