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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous diabetes eyes and screening van hits the road in regional Queensland

Date posted: 17 February 2014

Hervey Bay's Galangoor Duwalami Clinic will be the regular point of call for the new Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening (IDEAS) van mobile screening clinic. A new digital retinal scanner to screen for signs of diabetic eye disease has been handed to the Clinic where patients will be pre-screened ahead of the van's regular visits.

Operation manager, Stevan Ober, said the semi-trailer was fully kitted out for optometry and ophthalmology and equipped to perform minor eye surgery. The IDEAS van is planned to rotate around nine hubs, with Hervey Bay selected for the Wide Bay region. Butchulla Elder Aunty Joyce Smith will be among the first to benefit from new state-of-the-art facilities that aim to prevent diabetic blindness and will no longer need to travel to Brisbane for her check-ups.

The initiative has the support of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust's Avoidable blindness project with the objective to end avoidable blindness by 2020.

Source: Sunshine coast daily


Last updated: 17 February 2014
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