Experts from across the State will meet at NSW Parliament House in August, tasked with
finding ways to improve access
to surgery for people suffering from cataracts.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the forum will examine new ways to better assist the one in three people aged over
65 who have clinically significant cataracts.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting our older citizens to age safely and
independently,” Mr Hazzard said.
“NSW does well in the urgent and semi urgent surgery categories where people typically receive surgery in one to six weeks, but I do want people to get faster access in the non-urgent category – that was why last year we did a $3 million blitz to get
more people through in
cataract, hip and
In NSW public hospitals, there were 24,502 cataract operations
in 2016/17 with almost 99
per cent performed within a clinically appropriate time. This is an improvement from
2010/11 when just over 91% had their surgery performed within a clinically appropriate
“I acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our clinicians and managers across
NSW Health in making NSW the best performing state for on-time elective surgery,”
Mr Hazzard said.
“Gone are the dark days
under the previous Labor
blew out, and 19,000 people waited
more than a year to get surgery – we’ve been able to reduce that to 210
The forum will be attended by frontline clinicians, managers, and executives from
metropolitan and rural Local Health Districts, not-for-profit organisations, the Royal
Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology and the Agency for Clinical
Stakeholders interest in participating can register their interest with the NSW Ministry
of Health via
email to: SPB@doh.health.nsw.gov.au