HEART OF AUSTRALIA TO RECEIVE $12 MILLION FUNDING

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Heart of Australia launched their first truck in October 2015 with the support of PACCAR Australia. The Kenworth K200 hauls the 19 metre customised trailer and it has since been travelling all over rural Queensland, visiting each town on a scheduled route and providing much needed health care for those that would not ordinarily be able to have access to health facilities. Services such as blood pressure monitoring, sleep apnoea testing and non-invasive tests like cardiology, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms are available, as well as general consultations.

In 2018 Heart of Australia announced the launch of a second truck, HEART 2, which was also provided by PACCAR Australia. The new Kenworth K200 prime mover has assisted with the expansion of their mobile health clinic, allowing them to travel to more than 15 rural communities in Queensland. The prime mover is B-double rated to suit the new, larger trailer combination and Brown and Hurley continues to provide servicing and maintenance for both the trucks.

Since the launch of HEART 2, the Federal Government has announced $12 million in funding towards Heart of Australia. This will support both of the current mobile specialist clinics and help provide a third which will help service North Queensland and the Cape, bringing the total number of communities serviced to 25. Services will now be provided to Richmond, Weipa, Cooktown, Sarina, Palm Island, Biloela, Childers, Proserpine and Ayr.

The mobile clinic will aim to see up to 18,000 patients and provide 24 specialist education sessions in a year. The funding will seek to improve the already wide range of health services provided by Heart of Australia, to give much needed medical assistance to more of those in the rural communities of Queensland.

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