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Putting people first with free glasses in schools

More than 30,000 primary students will receive free eye testing and glasses at school in a Victorian-first.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino launched Glasses for Kids at Melbourne University’s optometry school and gave two students from Carlton Primary School their first pair of glasses.

More than 30,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 250 schools in some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities will have their eyes tested and receive free glasses as part of the program.

Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, leading to poor results and bad behaviour – yet many struggling families avoid eye testing because of the cost.

Glasses for Kids has been trialled in 24 schools across Gippsland and Melbourne, and will now be rolled out in a further 226 schools around the state.

The Victorian Government has also partnered with Melbourne University to deliver Glasses for Kids, with supervised final-year optometry students to carry out vision testing at 160 schools.

Providing Glasses for Kids is about putting Victorian students and their families first to make sure every child has access to a great school and the opportunity to succeed in life.

That’s why we are also:

Giving 25,000 children a free breakfast at School Breakfast Clubs in 500 primary schools most in need, so kids can concentrate, learn and reach their full potential.

Giving more than 70,000 Victorian students regular access to the healthcare they need at school, with 100 schools across the state taking part in Australia’s first Doctors in Secondary Schools Program.

Helping 180,000 Victorian students take part in school camps and excursions, with $63.8 million already provided under the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund.

Giving 50,000 Victorian families more than 210,000 school uniform items under the Affordable School Uniforms Program over the past two years.

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