With this in mind, the organization has begun to develop and define a project with First Nations in collaboration with IRIS, The Visual Group (IVG), NewLook Vision Group (NVG), the Université de Montréal School of Optometry (ÉOUM) and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC). The plans for this new sector of activities will be implemented on a long-term basis.
The objective of this first project is to develop a hybrid service of visual care, both in person and remotely through a telepractice process, starting with remote First Nations communities in Quebec. We wish to make this service continuously available and financially accessible for the patients thanks to some First Nations government programs. The vision professionals, who are called “service providers” and not “volunteers” in this new context, will be able to go on site for one to two-week stays in addition to offering remote follow-ups depending on their interest/availability. Activities are set to begin in the spring of 2023.
Opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists and optometric assistants of all banners interested in learning more and getting involved can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the interest survey here (in French) to give us their contact information and potential availability.