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Heart of Australia launches Heart 2

Medical specialist program, Heart of Australia, has launched a second mobile clinic, Heart 2, allowing the organisation to provide its services to even more people in rural Queensland.

Heart of Australia was founded by Dr Rolf Gomes, a cardiologist from Queensland, in 2015. His idea was to create a mobile health unit to bring high-level specialist medical services to remote communities in Australia to help people who couldn’t easily make it to larger cities for health care. Since its launch, the Heart of Australia truck has travelled all over rural Queensland, visiting each town on its scheduled route every two weeks helping those in need that would not ordinarily be able to gain easy access to health facilities. Non-invasive tests such as cardiology, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms to blood pressure monitoring, sleep apnoea testing and general medicine consultations are available, as well as a range of allied health services.

Heart of Australia launched its first truck in early October 2015 with PACCAR Australia supporting the program with a Kenworth K200 to haul the 19-metre customised trailer, outfitted with more than $500,000 of state-of-the-art medical equipment. In addition, Brown and Hurley provides truck service and maintenance to Heart of Australia.

“PACCAR Australia and Kenworth are delighted to support Heart of Australia in its pursuit of assisting regional and remote Queenslanders in accessing improved health and well-being resources,” PACCAR Australia said in a statement.

“By supporting the Heart of Australia’s focus on providing critical specialist health care directly to these areas, we are also helping keep rural Australia vibrant and productive by supporting residents in their communities.

The specialist services provided by Heart of Australia are very close to home for the road transport industry, where heart disease is over-represented due in part to the long working hours, and often limited access to regular exercise and healthy diet options. Our customer base also includes many who have chosen to live and work outside metropolitan areas, and as a result, may not have ready access to health care specialists.”

Last year, Gomes said a $1 million Government grant would boost confidence to add more specialist medical services to rural communities via truck.

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