Clinic is all heart
BOWEN Basin communities now have specialist cardiac care at their doorstep as Australia’s largest custom-built mobile clinic expands its services to more regional towns.
The Heart of Australia program, a partnership with Arrow Energy, will travel to Moranbah and Emerald twice a month to provide cardiac and respiratory services from a mobile clinic. The service means patients will not have to travel to Townsville or Brisbane for clinical appointments.
Project founder and cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes said the program extended city levels of care to people who might otherwise miss out.
“People living in rural or remote areas are 44 per cent more likely to die from heart disease than their city-dwelling counterparts,” Dr Gomes said.
“In partnership with Arrow Energy, we launched the Heart of Australia program in south-western Queensland last year and we have already seen hundreds of patients.
“The Heart of Australia program means people no longer need to drive long distances to city centres for what might be a 20-minute medical consultation.”
Heart of Australia’s 25m-long clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art specialist diagnostic equipment and technology, staffed by a team of cardiologists and respiratory specialists on a rotating roster. Services started last week.
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