The Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) has welcomed news that WA’s mobile
eye health clinic will begin taking services to more remote areas of the state.
The State Government has committed $4 million in funding which will allow the eye
health clinic to now reach remote parts of regional Western Australia.
Lotterywest funding will also be used for research and evaluation as well as vehicle
modifications to get the mobile clinic on the road.
The mobile clinic has been developed following work between AHCWA and the Lions
Eye Institute to develop protocols to deliver services to Aboriginal people.
“Aboriginal people in remote areas often have limited access to specialist medical
services, including ophthalmologists,” said AHCWA Chairperson Michelle Nelson-Cox.
“Preventable blindness and vision loss are a big issue for Aboriginal people and we hope
that this new mobile eye health clinic will ensure that more people get better access to
the medical help they need.
“We are very pleased that there will now be a service that brings eye specialists to
Aboriginal people, rather than them having to travel vast distances to get to an
appointment with an ophthalmologist.”
Ms Nelson-Cox said the opportunity for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
Services across WA to work in conjunction with the mobile clinic would ensure the best
delivery of services to Aboriginal people.
The van will visit towns including Katanning, Albany, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder,
Leonora, Wiluna, Newman, Roebourne, Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Derby, Fitzroy
Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Carnarvon.