St John Eye Van

Transforming Lives

Our eye van brings world-class facilities to rural and remote communities in an effort to substantially reduce blindness and visual impairment amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with diabetes.

Reducing Preventable Blindness

With Our Help

Diabetes and glucose intolerance affects up to 50% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who live in rural and remote communities. One in three diagnosed will also have vision loss, which is preventable or treatable in 94% of cases when diagnosed in the early stages.

With our help, over 7,000 predominantly diabetes patients, have been screened from 51 communities enabling them to have their annual eye screen in culturally familiar surroundings of their own community (5,806 are indigenous patients).

What We Are Doing

The St John Eye Van model aims to close the health gap for indigenous and remote communities utilising a tele-health model to diagnose a patient that minimises travel, time and expense to access quality eye health treatment in the familiar cultural surrounds of their own community.

St John Eye Van

Clinical Sites

The St John Eye Van travels to regional hubs across Queensland allowing remote communities to regularly access the Van’s facilities and specialist team.

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have diabetes can be as high as 50% in some remote communities. Children in these communities are up to eight times more likely to suffer type II diabetes than city children.

Those diagnosed with diabetes are three times more likely to suffer diabetic retinopathy, with 94% of identified cases curable or treatable when diagnosed early. Those living remotely, aged 35 and over are at the greatest risk.