National Eye Health Survey

Aotearoa’s first National Eye Health Survey

The School of Optometry and Vision Science is assembling a team and seeking support to undertake Aotearoa New Zealand’s first National Eye Health Survey during 2022/2023. Other team members represent the School of Population Health and the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland as well as Community Organizations. We acknowledge The University of Auckland and Eye Health Aotearoa for support already provided.

 

Why do we need a National Eye Health Survey?

Aotearoa New Zealand currently has insufficient information on which to plan equitable eye care services. The aim of the National Eye Health Survey is to provide national data on the prevalence of vision impairment and its main causes, as well as access to eye care services for three distinct groups: 1) Māori, 2) Pacific People, 3) other New Zealanders.  This information can guide future policy formulation, eye health service delivery planning and economic analysis.

 

What are the next steps?

The team will run a Pilot Survey in 2021 to refine the recruitment strategy and to inform the calculations of how many people need to be recruited in the full survey. We are also exploring partnerships to support effective implementation of the survey across Aotearoa.

 

How can I get more information?

If you would like more information about the survey, please email us at eyehealthsurvey@auckland.ac.nz.

Aotearoa New Zealand currently has insufficient information on which to plan equitable eye care services.

School of Optometry & Vision Science researchers

Dr Jacqueline Ramke

Associate Professor

Dr Joanna Black
Dr Joanna Black

Senior Lecturer

Dr Joanna Black
Jaymie Rogers

Professional Teaching Fellow and doctoral candidate

Our co-investigators

Dr Arier Lee

Biostatistician, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Associate Professor Matire Harwood

School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Dr Corina Grey

Honorary academic, University of Auckland

Tarati Blair-Hunt

Training and Development Manager, Kāhui Tū Kaha

Dr James McKelvie

Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine