Eye care’s great IDEA

WORLD CLASS: Cheri Yavu-Kaniu Harathunian and Lyndall De Marco show people around the IDEAS van which is a mobile, fully equipped ophthalmology and optometry specialist treatment centre, with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. Photo: Max Fleet.

By Carolyn Archer, News Mail

Van delivers specialist help at the IWC

BUNDABERG’S IWC, which delivers health and wellbeing services to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, has become a regular port of call for a mobile medical service called the IDEAS van.

IWC health staff will be trained to provide retinal eye testing which will lead as needed to follow-up specialist treatment.

IDEAS  stands for Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening and the IWC was selected as the primary Aboriginal Medical Service in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region.

The van visited Bundaberg on Wednesday and IWC general manager Wayne Mulvany said the health initiative was assisted through consultation with the Primary Healthcare Networks and would go a long way towards further help for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities.

“’This is a great opportunity for us to deliver aspects of the IWC’s next round of services earlier than hoped,” he said.

“With the planning progressing well for Phase 2 of the IWC Health and Wellbeing Centre, including additional services for people in need, we were already looking at a range of areas such as eyes, physio, podiatry – all linked to individuals’ whole-of-person health and wellbeing.

“But the delivery of specialist ophthalmologist and optometrist services through the IDEAS van – a cutting edge facility which is fully self-contained – means we can launch this service within weeks.

“This particular service is targeting indigenous adults aged 40 and over who have diabetes, and we encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who believe they may have diabetes to take advantage of this service, delivered free to Medicare Card holders.”

For more information on the service contact the IWC on 1300 492 492.

WORLD CLASS: Cheri Yavu-Kaniu Harathunian and Lyndall De Marco show people around the IDEAS van which is a mobile, fully equipped ophthalmology and optometry specialist treatment centre, with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. Photo: Max Fleet.

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