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Vital eye specialist service for Indigenous people with diabetes set to close

February 7, 2018

 A LIFE-CHANGING mobile eye specialist service working to prevent diabetes-driven blindness in Bundaberg region Indigenous people is set to close.


IWC, the region’s leading community-controlled Primary Health Care provider, has been hosting visits by the IDEAS (Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening) Van since early 2016. Now it has been told that the final visit of the IDEAS Van will be on February 16 unless a last-minute funding injection is provided by Government.


“The IDEAS Van was set up as a five-year project to deliver a ground-breaking initiative that brings a semi-trailer-sized mobile facility to regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland to provide Ophthalmology and Optometrist services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults with diabetes,” said IWC General Manager Wayne Mulvany.