The RFDS in VIC
Mobile Eye Care
RFDS Victoria provides a Mobile Eye Care service to rural communities throughout Victoria. These eye clinics provide eye exams, referrals and dispensing of glasses to people who would otherwise need to travel to access optometry services. The service is currently provided within the Mallee, West Wimmera and East Gippsland regions.
RFDS Victoria partners with the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) to deliver this service, with eye examinations billed to Medicare.
The eye clinics are supported and hosted by local health services and bush nursing centres that also distribute any glasses ordered through the service.
Why is this service so important
Blindness and vision loss affects more than 600,000 Australians, with over 51% of the population having at least one sight issue. While 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable, lack of access to an optometrist in rural and remote communities is often a barrier for people in managing their eye health.
Our Mobile Eye Care clinic aims to eliminate the need for a lengthy car journey to access an optometrist, and enable locals to take control of their own health.
For enquiries relating to Mobile Eye Care in Victoria - including booking appointments - please call (03) 8412 0444.
Refer to the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights for information about the rights of patients and other people using the Australian health system.
52% of the Australian population report eyesight problems, including long and short-sightedness, as a long-term medical condition.
Rural residents have higher rates of eye injury, cataract and glaucoma than metropolitan residents.