Vision Initiative

by Vision 2020 Australia



The Vision Initiative works across Victoria at local and state levels to deliver activities that support the promotion of regular eye tests.

Project implemented: Since 2012

Project goal

The Vision Initiative aims to prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss and address the impact of vision impairment across Victorian communities.

delivering on

why is this project important?

In Australia, around 90% of blindness & vision loss is preventable or treatable, if detected early; regular eye tests are key for early detection and treatment.

Key steps to make it happen

1Collaboration is key

Working with state & local partners, ensuring integration into local health systems, regional ownership, meeting local needs.

2A place-based approach

Targeting 14 different areas where residents are identified at risk of vision loss due to risk factors in the community.

3Capacity building

Building the capacity of pharmacists/GPs/practice nurses to identify & refer at-risk people to local eye care services early.

4Community interventions

Targeting pple at risk: aged 40+, with diabetes, a family history of eye disease, smokers, and Aboriginal & CALD Communities

5Awareness via local media

Reinforcing eye health messages through local media campaigns (TV, radio, print, online and social media).

The Vision Initiative (VI) three-tiered approach to health promotion provides an effective way of empowering people to take control of their eye health and have regular eye tests.
For results of the pilot projects conducted in four local government areas in 2012-15, please visit the Vision Initiative website where you can find details on the activities delivered by the program and the Vision Initiative end of program report 2012-15.

For further information regarding our portfolio of programs please access this here. 

The Vision Initiative (VI) is a collaboration of state partner organisations from the health and eye health sectors. The VI is funded by the Victorian Government and managed by Vision 2020 Australia. It is the Victorian Government’s public health response to the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss.

In 2012, the VI moved away from a singular state-wide approach to deliver eye health promotion programs to target local government areas where residents are at risk of eye disease.

In each area, the VI draws together health and eye health providers to deliver a coordinated and integrated response to improve eye health and vision care in communities most in need. These include pharmacists, GPs, practice nurses, optometrists, ophthalmologists, low vision and rehabilitation service providers, as well as local council, Primary Health Networks, Primary Care Partnerships and community organisations.

Consistent messages on the importance of regular eye tests are communicated to those at risk of eye disease using three powerful messengers: primary healthcare providers, the community and general awareness campaigns.

related projects

Anti-Racism: It Stops with me campaign by Australian Human Rights Commission
ANZ SDG Bond by Australia New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)
Feeding the Performance of Regional Communities by International Convention Centre Sydney
Tropical Sustainable Design by Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab), James Cook University
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Environmental Sustainability and Innovation by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
Economic independence on traditional land by Indigenous Business Australia
We’re all in this Together by Healthy Cities Illawarra (HCI) and University of Wollongong (UOW)
Getting started with the SDGs in Universities by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific
Green Star by Green Building Council of Australia
#SeaToSource by Conservation Volunteers Australia
Promoting the Advancement of Women Everywhere by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
Delivering sustainable development through infrastructure by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
It’s Our Place – Bellambi by Australian Social Investment Trust
Day At The Zoo by City West Water
National Youth Summit by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific
Barangaroo South by Lendlease
ICT for Social Impact Project in India by Swinburne Business School
SDG National Forum by Fatouma TOURE
Sustainable Fashion by Restyle Closet
creating the capacity for people to invest space with meanin... by Place Agency at the University of Melbourne
Adult literacy schools in PNG by Anglican Board of Mission
Northconnex by Transurban
Cooling the planet to feed the World by PundaZoie Company Pty. Ltd.
Thriving Communities Partnership by Thriving Communities Partnership
Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report by National Sustainable Development Council
Fighting hunger in australia by Foodbank Australia
E.S. P. Wool production by Kia Ora Merino
Business & Sustainability Forum Series by United Nations Association of Australia (WA)
Willing to Work by Australian Human rights Commission
SDG Toolkit for Systems Thinking and Collaborative Approache... by Australian Council for International Development
17 SDGs in 2018 – a year of awareness raising activiti... by United Nations Association Victoria and Deakin University
Kwale Cotton Project by Business for Development
Spatial data infrastructure to help monitor and evaluate Aus... by AURIN – Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network
Women in MBA (WiMBA) by Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong
Strong Women. Strong Business by Indigenous Business Australia
The Individual Deprivation Measure Global Program by Individual Deprivation Measure
Financial Inclusion Action Plan by Good Shepherd Microfinance
Green Star – Communities by Green Building Council of Australia
Fair food farm by Green Connect
Strengthening Multi-stakeholder partnering by The Partnership Brokers Group
Wanzauni Livelihoods Improvement Project by Anglican Board of Mission
University Commitment to the SDGs by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific
Achieving gender balance in water utilities by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
Renewable Energy in the Water Industry by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
Strengthening the Effectiveness and Extent of Medical Physic... by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
World Summit Awards (WSA) – Australia by World Summit Awards (WSA) – Australia
International Legal Training Program by McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer
Global goals for local communities by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
ChildFund Pass It Back by ChildFund Australia
Australian Marine Debris Initiative by Tangaroa Blue Foundation
The Victorian Salt Reduction Partnership by The George Institute for Global Health
Addressing the social determinants of injury by The George Institute for Global Health
The ocean, our future: an Ocean Decade program by Australian National Maritime Museum

Does your organisation have a project to include?