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Abstract: Objective: The discrepancy between Indigenous and non- Indigenous health continues to be a key public health issue faced by Australia's health care system despite ongoing policy level interventions. Approach: The magnitude and scope of the shortfall in Indigenous health attainment in Australia is reflected in many health indicators, including the current status of Indigenous ophthalmic health. This warrants the frank appraisal of the root causes for this persistent incongruity presented in this article. Conclusion: The lack of any significant improvement in the Australian Indigenous health gap to date may be partly due to underlying attitudes of indifference and nonchalance held by those who work within the health sector, perhaps unknowingly. Implications: Changing these attitudes amongst those who work in the Australian health care system must be made a priority if we are to achieve real gains in Australian Indigenous health.

To cite this article: Cheong, Timothy Z. It Is Time to Open Both Eyes [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, Mar/Apr 2011: 3-4. Availability: <;dn=933773702781794;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 13 Oct 15].

Personal Author: Cheong, Timothy Z; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, Mar/Apr 2011: 3-4 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Indigenous peoples--Health and hygiene; Eye--Diseases; Aboriginal Australians--Government policy; Public health--Psychological aspects;

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