Followmont Transport to look after St John Eye Van

Followmont Transport

Followmont Transport has announced a partnership with the St John Eye Van to make a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Joining its partners from UD Trucks Australia, Followmont Transport will provide a home for the eye van at its Brisbane depot when it’s not out in the field.

This will ensure that the St John Eye Van is well-maintained, serviced, cleaned and ready to hit the road as part of St John’s operating schedule.

Followmont Transport Managing Director, Mark Tobin, connected with the organisation through sponsors, UD Trucks Australia, and discovered that the UD Quon GK 4×2 combination needed a base to return to when it was not in use.

“Our depot will serve as a home for the eye van when it’s not out in the field and our team will ensure the trailer is regularly serviced, washed and ready to hit the road whenever needed,” he said.

“This partnership is a testament to our commitment to improving the well-being of all and having a positive impact on the community.

“Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of countless individuals, ensuring that eye health is a right, not a privilege.”

The St John Eye Van is on a mission to eliminate preventable blindness and visual impairment among indigenous communities by providing world-class eye health facilities directly to those who need it most.

With a focus on accessibility and cultural sensitivity, the eye van aims to bridge the health gap and ensure that every individual receives the best possible eye care.

Uncorrected refractive error, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy are often the main causes of vision loss and blindness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people according to the Kirby Institute.

A National Eye Health Survey report in 2016 found that 90 per cent of vision loss and blindness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is preventable or treatable.

The fully equipped ophthalmology and optometry treatment centre on wheels brings cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment instruments to the community’s doorstep, providing quality care without the burden of travel, time and expenses.

“We are proud to play a role in supporting this initiative,” Tobin said.

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