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Eye disease peak evaluating aged care tools


The Macular Disease Foundation Australia is surveying people working in residential aged care about educational resources it launched last year to improve residents’ eye health.

The digital and educational training tools, which were launched in October 2018, were developed in response to research that found high rates of eye disease among aged care residents (read more here).

The tools include training videos, information on embedding detection and treatment into aged care practices and guidelines for management and healthcare professionals.

The resources focus on common eye disease, behavioural signs that may indicate loss of vision, where to go for more information and how to embed practice changes.

The MDFA is seeking feedback via a short online survey to evaluate the effectiveness, reach and impact of the resources.

Among its 16 questions, the survey asks about most useful resources, relevance of the content and whether the tools improved knowledge on eye health, eye disease and vision loss.

It also asks about the format of the resources and user preferences on the layout to inform future resources the MDFA may produce.

Providers have until 27 September to have their say on MDFA’s eye health resources.

Access the survey here and the resources here.

View the 2018 research report Vision and Eye Healthcare Study in Residential Aged Care Facilities here.

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