On 7 February 2019 the IRIS team travelled to Woorabinda, a small Aboriginal community in Central Queensland about two hours west of Rockhampton, to undertake an Eye Health Service in the local community. Across the day the team saw 24 local community members in the clinic which collectively saved 100 hours of travelling time for the local community by avoiding a return trip of over 4 hours to Rockhampton Hospital.
Woorabinda community member, John, described the great benefit to the local community of this visiting service. “It’s a great service coming out here… I really enjoy them coming out here, not only me but the Woorabinda community wants him [Dr Bill Glasson] to come out and save us travelling down there.
Tim Gallagher, Vanguard Health’s Chief Executive Officer spent the day speaking with patients and listening to their stories.
“It’s important that we provide these visiting services to communities like Woorabinda and ensure that care is provided as close to the patients home as possible. Speaking with a lot of the patients at the clinic, most of them wouldn’t have travelled to Rockhampton for an appointment do would have simply not been treated without Dr Glasson providing this local clinic.”
The IRIS team are scheduled to return to Rockhampton for an IRIS surgical list in May 2019 with a further clinic scheduled in Woorabinda for July 2019.