I.D.E.A.S Van

I.D.E.A.S VanĀ  (Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening)

Queensland Health has provided $5 million to the Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd, for an innovative pilot project “To Substantially reduce blindness and visual impairment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes in Queensland”.


Queensland Aboriginal Islander Health Council is a major partner in this pilot project that intends to reduce preventable blindness from diabetes by providing education, equipment and specialist clinical support to 27 Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) in Queensland. Of that number, 9 AMS are regional hubs with enhanced facilities located in Toowoomba, Charleville, Mt Isa, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay. The Royal Flying Doctor Service partnership will expand the scope of this project beyond the nine hubs and help tap into the rural and remote areas of the State of Queensland.


I.D.E.A.S VAN travels to Charleville office once a month with an ophthalmologist and optometrist. Clients that areĀ attending the van must have DRS PHOTOS (diabetic retinal screening) taken before being referred into the van. The DRS machine can be located at Charleville and Roma offices. Surrounding areas will be visited every 3 months clinics. Just ask our friendly receptionists at local offices for visit dates.

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