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  • After years of waiting, sixteen Indigenous Territorians have had their eyesight restored, all of them going under the knife for cataract surgery in a single morning.

    But Indigenous health experts say long waiting lists are only one hole in the ‘leaky pipe’ that is Indigenous eye health.

    Nicholas Hynes reports.

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    In This Story: Indigenous Australians

    The term Indigenous Australians refers to Aboriginal Australians as well as Torres Strait Islanders, and the term should only be used when both groups are included in the topic being addressed, or by self-identification by a person as Indigenous.

    Torres Strait Islanders are ethnically and culturally distinct, despite extensive cultural exchange with some of the Aboriginal groups, and the Torres Strait Islands are mostly part of Queensland but have a separate governmental status.

    In the 2016 Australian Census, Indigenous Australians comprised 3.3% of Australia’s population, with 91% of these identifying as Aboriginal only, 5% Torres Strait Islander, and 4% both.

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