New equipment helps Cooroy eyes

COOROY eye patients will benefit from improved services after the Federal Government funded the purchase of a new OCT for optometry at Cooroy.

Queensland senator John Hogg said yesterday the government would invest $50,000 in the purchase of OCT equipment so residents will have better access to quality health care.

"While rates of some chronic disease are high for patients living in rural and remote areas, they often find it harder to access the level of health care they require," he said.

"The Gillard Government is committed to providing access to quality health care to Australians where they need it, when they need it."

According to the National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health, rural areas have higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity as well as poor dental, antenatal and post-natal health.

Senator Hogg said providing health infrastructure was essential to improving these statistics.

"The OCT equipment will enable visualisation and assessment of the retina, optic disc and anterior eye and will enhance optometry services in the Cooroy region," he said.

The funding was awarded under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program.

Gympie Times


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