Mo­bile med­i­cal cen­tre com­ing to Dalby

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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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HEART­FELT MIS­SION: Ar­row En­ergy’s Leisa Elder, car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Rolf Gomes and Ian MacFar­lane of the Queens­land Re­source Coun­cil an­nounce the new ser­vice.

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