Sydney, Australia, 2 June 2020: BHVI and Brien Holden Foundation mark National Reconciliation Week and the twentieth anniversary of Reconciliation Australia’s journey in shaping a more equitable and reconciled nation. We acknowledge the importance of National Reconciliation Week and recognise the many achievements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout the history of this country.
We embrace the spirit of this commemoration and we stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are committed to continue to work together in our long-standing partnerships through which culturally accessible vision services are made possible.
Through our partnership with the Aboriginal communities, we provide optometry services in rural and remote regions across New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
We work in close to 200 locations in some of Australia’s most remote communities. We provide services at these locations from anywhere between 1 -100 days a year.
We opened our first optometry clinic in Walgett in New South Wales in December 1999. For scale, from 2015 to 2019 we provided 39,920 individual eye examinations and 27,204 pairs of glasses to Aboriginal Australians.
In 2020, we have worked with these communities to provide additional telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This National Reconciliation week, we pay tribute to the invaluable role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their organisations in the success of the Brien Holden Foundation Aboriginal Vision Program over the past 20 years.