Kurtz Transport signs on to prevent blindness in Indigenous communities


Queensland trucking firm to haul mobile eye clinic to remote communities to provide screening and treatment

Kurtz Transport signs on to prevent blindness in Indigenous communities
Kurtz Transport will travel to regional hubs around Queensland throughout the year.

 

Kurtz Transport is doing its bit to combat blindness caused by diabetes amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The Queensland-based freight provider will help carry a mobile eye clinic to provide screening and treatment to remote Indigenous communities.

It’s part of a national campaign to tackle an issue that affects nearly a third of Australia’s Aboriginal and Islander population.

The two-year program will see Kurtz travel to nine regional hubs around Queensland every month up to 10 times a year.

It is a fully-equipped consultation and treatment facility which will stay in each area for two days, parked next to an Aboriginal medical centre, serving as a facility for local ophthalmologist, optometrist and endocrinologist.

Volvo has donated a new FM 450 prime mover for the use during the project.

Kurtz Transport Managing Director David Nothdurft says the company is pleased to help prevent blindness.

"It’s a big two-year commitment for us but this is such an important cause," Nothdurft says.

"We know how something like this can make a positive social and economic impact in remote areas. Plus a mobile treatment facility of this type is one of the first in the world and we are really happy to be part of something so innovative in which Queensland is taking the lead."

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