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Mobile eye clinic a hit at Indigenous facilities

Date posted: 31 January 2018

A mobile optometry van has visited Aboriginal Medical Services in regional Queensland to help decrease the high prevalence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye conditions. The vans first destination was the Carbal Medical Services in Warwick which spent the working week conducting eye tests. The mobile clinic, orchestrated by Greg Johnson, CEO of the Essilor Vision Foundation, plans to visit various locations in Toowoomba.

Mr Johnson said, 'It's very difficult to get an optometrist to go away from their practice for a day to undertake full examinations. When the opportunity arose with a fully equipped mobile van and two weeks to do humanitarian tasks, I immediately went to Carbal Medical Services and got a resounding yes. Carbal put out the call to patients: we're going to be doing eye tests here, and they filled their books pretty quickly'.

Eye tests on the mobile van are bulk-billed, and patients in need of spectacles receive them under the Queensland Government's Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme. Patients ineligible under the scheme were provided spectacles by the Essilor Vision Foundation.

The vans optometrist Allana Neumann said, 'One of the best things is being able do eye tests on people that never would've gotten their eyes tested in their own time. We saw quite a few first-time eye tests and a lot of them needed glasses'.

Source: Optometry Australia


Last updated: 31 January 2018
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