$1 million health service rolling into town
THE BIG-CITY doctors service is hitting the doorstep of some of the region’s smaller towns via Heart Trucks.
Heart of Australia and Anglo American yesterday announced a new three-year partnership worth $1 million that will see Heart of Australia’s specialist medical services extended to
the towns of Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount for the first time ever on a quarterly basis.
The communities will be serviced by Heart of Australia’s two full-size mobile medical clinics, Heart 1 and Heart 2 and a mini mobile clinic, Heart 3.
Heart of Australia Founder and cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes is travelling to Moura, Middlemount, Banana and Theodore in late February to meet with GPs, scouting for parking locations and finalising driving routes that are Heart Truck friendly.
“This is a vital step as we prepare to schedule our first visit to these four new towns by the end of June 2020,” Dr Gomes said.
“Every time we expand our services to a new location, we have the potential to change and save lives for the community who live there.
“People who have often gone without specialist services for years, or who have needed to travel hundreds of kilometres at significant expense to access them.”
Specialist services currently being delivered by Heart of Australia include cardiology, gynaecology, neurology, gastroenterology, urology sleep studies, respiratory services, and endocrinology.
An average out of pocket fee ranges from $200 – $500 and for people experiencing significant financial hardship, such as those with an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card, there is the potential to apply for bulk billing.
Moura, Theodore, Banana and Middlemount will form part of the Heart of Australia’s clinic on wheels northern route joining places like Emerald and Longreach.
Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the company was proud to be supporting such a critical service.
“We’re committed members of the communities where we operate, and we understand how critical it is for those in rural communities to have access to health services when and where they need them most,” Mr Mitchelson said.
“We have seen the benefits of Heart of Australia’s services first-hand in Moranbah, where two of our mines are located, and it was important to us to see these services made available to the rest of the communities where we operate – Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount.
“Supporting thriving communities is a key pillar of our global Sustainable Mining Plan, and this partnership provides a meaningful way for us to better support the people who live and work in the Bowen Basin.”
Residents wanting to access these health services will need a referral from their GP to make an appointment.
Once you have a referral from your GP, call Heart of Australia on (07) 3162 5310 to make a booking.