Healthy hearts a government priority
NINE extra communities could be serviced by Heart of Australia across Queensland as the Federal Government ramps up its promises ahead of the upcoming election.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud said clinical services in his electorate, including Roma, St George, Charleville, Quilpie and Blackall, would be secured with the $12 million in funding.
"Funding will support two mobile specialist clinics, bringing the total number of communities serviced by Heart of Australia across Queensland to 25,” MrLittleproud said.
"I'm a strong advocate for greater access to specialised health services in the bush and this funding means patients won't have to travel hundreds of kilometres to get a check-up, they only have to step on board a mobile clinic in their town and get appropriate and timely care.
"It's hard to listen to statistics which reveal remote areas have heart disease hospitalisation and death rates 30 per cent higher than in major cities.”
Mr Littleproud said the mobile clinics aimed to deliver 930 clinic days a year and see up to 18,000 patients, and funding would be over three years from July 1 this year.