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 aiming to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Central Australia have access to high quality, affordable, and culturally appropriate eye care. 

The project is supporting an Aboriginal Liaison Officer named Veronica operating out of the Central Australia Health Service. She is providing culturally appropriate pathways to accessing eye health care, ensuring patients and their families feel comfortable accessing services and are cared for. Veronica supports patients through their whole journey of accessing care, from their initial consultation through to holding their hand in surgery if needed, and post-surgery check-ups.

Some Figures

 

Budget 62,327 euros

Goal 410 beneficiaries

History of the Partnership

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