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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous health van hits the road to treat diabetes-related blindness

Queensland Health has launched a $5 million project to tackle a serious but preventable health problem in Indigenous communities. Specialists will travel across the state in a fully-equipped van to treat diabetes-related blindness.

Selwyn Button from the Queensland Aboriginal Health Council says diabetes affects one in three Indigenous adults. 'There is a higher prevalence of diabetes in Indigenous communities and that's coupled with things like poor health, nutrition, social-economic status, as well as issues with things like access to decent food supplies,' he said.

He says previous services lacked up-to-date equipment. 'What's been an ongoing concern and issue for us is when we talk about treating and wanting to eliminate avoidable blindness from Indigenous communities, quite often what we're doing is not only providing services and providing equipment that is not the most updated,' he said.

Source: ABC online Indigenous news

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Last updated: 12 February 2014
 
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