William Buck has been heavily involved with the medical industry in for over 60 years and we’re proud to give back to the community that gives us so much.
The Australian Medical Association (AMAQ) Foundation was established in 2000 by the medical profession as a way to help relieve sickness, suffering and disability among Queenslanders in need and William Buck QLD has been assisting the foundation for many years. We have established ourselves as strong supporters of the charitable organisation.
The AMAQ Foundation offered William Buck the opportunity to direct our donations to an indigenous project of our choice as a way of saying thank you for all the support we’ve given them over the years.
We were given two projects to choose from and after careful consideration, the decision was made purchase a retinal camera for the health centre at the remote Aboriginal community of Cunnamulla.
The camera will be invaluable in helping to reduce the number of cases of blind indigenous adults that is commonly the result of diabetes retinopathy.
Queensland’s first indigenous doctor, Associate Professor Noel Hayman has provided a clinic two days a month for the past three years to the local Aboriginal Medical Service located at the health centre. Noel was Queenslander of the year in 2011 and has dedicated his career to improving the life expectancy of indigenous Australians and raising public awareness about the health issues.
Over the past decade he has increased the number of patients treated at the centre from 12 to 2500. His work has been instrumental in improving the control of diabetes and immunisation rates. Noel is also actively recruiting and training much needed indigenous doctors.
Indigenous adults currently suffer from six times more blindness than the non-indigenous population, and 94% of these cases are preventable and treatable. Treatment for the disease simply involves an ophthalmologist using a laser or injecting the eye to restore sight.
All residents of Cunnamulla and the surrounding areas will have access to this retinal camera at the local health centre and the camera is expected to last approximately 10 years.
Wlliam Buck is looking forward to continuing their support of the AMAQ Foundation and seeing the positive effect the retinal camera will have for the indigenous community.