The IDEAS Project is funded to the tune of $5 million by Queensland Health over the next two years, via the Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd. This pilot project is aimed at treating and preventing avoidable blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland.
The IDEAS van, the true star of the roadshow, and currently travelling to nine regional Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), will provide education, equipment, treatment and specialist support to twenty-seven AMS throughout Queensland.
Selwyn Button, CEO, QAIHC, and a major partner in the Diamond Jubilee Partnerships Ltd with this project, has welcomed the launch of the IDEAS roadshow.
"QAIHC is the peak body in Queensland for Community Controlled health services, and we are honoured to be the major partner with Diamond Jubilee Partnership Ltd in this groundbreaking initiative," Mr Button said.
"A priority of ours is to improve access to good quality health care for Indigenous Queenslanders.
"The IDEAS van will travel to each of the nine regional hubs around Queensland every four to five weeks, staying for two days, and completing ten visits annually.
"The nine regional hubs the IDEAS van will be continually traveling to are, Morayfield, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Mount Isa, Charleville, and Toowoomba." Mr Button stated.
Lyndall De Marco, Executive Director, Diamond Jubilee Partnership Ltd (DJPL) is currently travelling with the IDEAS Project roadshow.
"This initiative is the first of its kind in the world, and we at DJPL are pleased to be involved with delivering quality eye care to Indigenous Queenslanders with this pilot project," Ms De Marco said.
"Our aim with the IDEAS project is to help reduce preventable blindness from diabetes through education, equipment, and specialist clinic support.
"The IDEAS initiative not only aims to ‘Close the Gap’ on health, but also brings first class facilities and expertise to regional and remote Queensland.
"This will aid with reducing travel costs, avoiding social dislocation and bringing health care close to home.
"Regular visits will demonstrate commitment to the community bringing the benefits of latest technology that could not be reproduced in so many smaller centres," Ms De Marco said.
"Taken together, the components that form the IDEAS initiative should lead to a substantial improvement in both diabetes care, as well as leading to a reduction in expected avoidable vision loss and blindness and DJPL is both proud and happy to be the facilitator of this unique project."
The Roadshow will seek to engage the local community, AMS Staff, General Practitioners, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, and Diabetes Educators.
Potential users of the facility and leaders of the Indigenous community, government, business and community groups will also be targeted.
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