Fred Hollows had a fierce determination to improve the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This mission lives on in The Foundation and much of the work we do.
On average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders die 10 years younger than other Australians, and experience a burden of disease 2.3 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians. Of this disease burden, chronic diseases (like respiratory, cardiovascular and kidney diseases, diabetes and mental illnesses) account for almost two-thirds (64%). As a society however, there is a lot that we can do to change the conversation and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We're driven by Fred’s vision to eliminate avoidable blindness, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have access to quality health services, and to stand up for what is right. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) represents The Fred Hollows Foundation’s ongoing commitment to embrace, respect and promote the cultures, rights and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.