Heart of Australia’s medical clinics on wheels have visited the Queensland towns of Middlemount, Moura, Theodore and Banana for the first time.
The initiative was supported by Anglo American, which runs two coal projects – Capcoal complex and Dawson operations – in Middlemount and south of Moura, respectively.
Heart of Australia has seen more than 8000 patients and helped to save over 350 lives since 2014.
Anglo American chief executive officer of metallurgical coal, Tyler Mitchelson said the company supported this expansion as part of its commitment to improving health care in the regions it operated.
“We understand how critical it is for rural communities to have access to health services when they need them most,” he said.
“We saw an opportunity to work with Heart of Australia to see health services made available in Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount, where Heart of Australia was not previously visiting.
“Our people working at our Capcoal complex and Dawson operations welcomed Heart 1 to town for the first time, ahead of regular quarterly visits.”
The services available onboard Heart 1 include cardiology, gynaecology, neurology, gastroenterology, urology, endocrinology and sleep and respiratory functions.
Heart of Australia founder and cardiologist Rolf Gomes said the expansion to these four towns in the Shire of Banana gave the organisation the potential to save more lives.
“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,” Gomes said.
“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.
“We are very pleased to be working with Anglo American, which supports our big-picture efforts while also providing direct support for us to deliver services to the local communities of Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount.”