St John Ambulance Queensland has joined forces with IDEAS Van to help further combat blindness in remote Australian communities. The IDEAS Van is Australia’s first mobile ophthalmic treatment facility headed by founding CEO, Lyndall De Marco. Fellows will be familiar with the IDEAS Van from being onboard or from seeing it at Congress each year.
“For decades, St John Ambulance, a charitable, non-profit, humanitarian organisation, has helped save countless lives and address isolation and disadvantage in our community. It is the perfect new home for the IDEAS Van to continue its celebrated work and extend its outreach program to regional areas,” De Marco said.
Stephen Porter, CEO of St John’s Queensland said, “St John Ambulance is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all those in regional areas, with a renewed focus on resilience, wellbeing and community. This outstanding facility will make it possible for more ophthalmologists to bring their expertise to people that are marginalised due to the tyranny of distance and access.”