Mobile medical centre coming to Dalby
DALBY will be among the towns to benefit from lifesaving medical technology thanks to a new truck.
Heart of Australia has added more rural towns to its list of areas it will cover, following the acquisition of a new mobile medical clinic, HEART2.
Following its launch in August, 16 towns will now be in range of the two trucks.
A southern route encompasses Charleville, Roma, Dalby, Stanthorpe, Goondiwini, St George and Quilpie, while a northern route covers Blackall, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Hughenden, Cloncurry, Charters Towers and Moranbah.
Foundation partner Arrow Energy has welcomed the expansion.
“Heart of Australia has proved to be a leap forward in bringing medical care to people outside the major cities – the people in our areas of operations,” said Leisa Elder, Arrow Energy’s vice-president of external relations and tenure management.
“It is addressing an imbalance experienced by people in the bush.
“We were pleased to help Heart of Australia get off the ground in 2014, we’ve been proud of what it’s achieved to date and we’re excited about how this new rig will change lives in the Surat and Bowen basins.” The new truck is not a replication of the first but instead reflects how Heart of Australia has expanded in the past four years.
It has facilities for specialists in gynaecology, gastroenterology, neurology, geriatric medicine and endocrinology, as well as lung and heart doctors.
Dr Rolf Gomes, cardiologist and founder of Heart of Australia, said the program would not exist without the support of Arrow Energy.
“Over 6000 patients have used the service and some are literally alive as a result,” Dr Gomes said.
“The benefits have been life saving, direct and simply undeniable. I hope we can do more.”
HEARTFELT MISSION: Arrow Energy’s Leisa Elder, cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes and Ian MacFarlane of the Queensland Resource Council announce the new service.