The NHMRC CEO has issued the Guidelines for the Screening, Prognosis, Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a chronic degenerative health problem and the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. The Glaucoma Guidelines provide current best evidence and recommendations for the detection, diagnosis, risk management and prevention of glaucoma.
The Glaucoma Guidelines act as a framework to inform practice for Australian healthcare providers, and contain information on prevalence of glaucoma in Australia and considerations for specific populations.
The Glaucoma Guidelines is an output of the National Framework for Action to Promote Eye Health and Prevent Avoidable Blindness and Vision Loss, part of the National Eye Health Framework (NEHF) being undertaken by the Department of Health and Ageing. Please see www.health.gov.au for further information on the NEHF.
Also available is the Glaucoma Guidelines consumer brochure. This brochure provides information and advice on what glaucoma is, who is at risk, and who to talk to about glaucoma. This brochure is based on the Glaucoma Guidelines.
The summary guide for primary health care professionals will be available online in December 2010.
The Systematic Literature Review on the Detection, Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Glaucoma reports the current best evidence for the diagnosis, risk assessment and management of individuals with glaucoma.
The review brings together the evidence currently available on the detection, diagnosis, management and prevention of glaucoma, in order to provide current best-evidence recommendations to guide current primary care practitioners and policy-makers, with respect to the detection, diagnosis, management and prevention of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a recognised chronic degenerative health problem world-wide expected to affect 60.5 million people of all ages by 2010.
The review formed the scientific basis for the work on the Glaucoma Guidelines, which were released in November 2010. The Glaucoma Guidelines were developed as part of a joint project between the Department of Health and Ageing and the National Health and Medical Research Council.