Eye health workforce service forecast

Lead: Dr Mike O’Rouke

This report looked at how eye health services could be integrated at the primary, secondary and tertiary level, with the consumer at the centre. It is one of a number of forecasts commissioned by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) to build a picture of the future health and disability workforce.

Recommendations included:

  • a community model of care
  • efficiently utilising the different eye health workforces.

Since this forecast was completed, changes to the Medicines Act 1981 allow optometrists to be authorised prescribers. They are now able to diagnose and manage glaucoma in the community and prescribe medication.

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