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14 May, 2021

Life-saving mobile medical clinic on the move

A custom-built mobile medical clinic will be servicing towns stretching from Mackay to the Cape York Peninsula with lifesaving equipment on board.

By Rhys Thomas

Residents of the Far North will have access to state of the art life-saving medical services with the launch of a new mobile medical clinic

A custom-built mobile medical clinic will be servicing towns stretching from Mackay to the Cape York Peninsula with lifesaving equipment on board. 

Heart of Australia’s new truck, dubbed HEART 4, will see specialists from all over the country unite to give residents in Sarina, Proserpine, Ayr, and Cooktown access to cardiology, sonography, cardiac monitoring, sleep diagnostics and respiratory services.

Federal Minister for Regional Health, Mark Coulton said the Government’s support represents a significant boost to Heart of Australia, ensuring it continues to provide high-quality healthcare to some of the nation’s most isolated communities. 

“Bringing specialist services to the rural and remote areas means improving access for Queenslanders in these communities, many of whom face significant distances to get the health care they need,” Minister Coulton said. 

“I am excited to see HEART 4 hit the road, and I’m sure the Northern communities to which its headed look forward to it arriving in their town soon.” 

Since launching its first truck in 2014, Heart of Australia has travelled more than 500,000 kilometres, seen more than 11,000 patients, and saved more than 400 lives as it aims to close the gap between healthcare services available to people in the city and those living in the bush.  

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