An All Heart Grant

It’s a virtual hospital on wheels and it’s on the way for Bowen, Proserpine and points north after the joint announcement today of $12 million to the Heart of Australia mobile medical service by Health Minister Greg Hunt and Member for Dawson George Christensen.

Funding will support Heart of Australia’s two mobile specialist clinics and help to provide a third service which will service Northern Queensland and the Cape, expanding services to nine new locations including Proserpine, Bowen, Ayr, Sarina and Palm Island.

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Current clinical services are being delivered in the areas of Dalby, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, St George, Charleville, Quilpie, Roma, Cloncurry Emerald, Barcaldine, Blackall, Longreach, Winton, Hughenden, Charters Towers and Moranbah.

This will bring the total number of communities serviced by Heart of Australia across Queensland from 16 to 25.

Mr Christensen says it’s a great win for the regions.

“The Heart of Australia mobile cardiology service has had a significant impact on reducing the severity and incidence of cardiovascular disease-Remote and very remote areas of Australia have heart disease hospitalisation and death rates 30 % higher than in major cities.”

Funding will be provided over three years from 1 July 2019 to significantly increase the reach and scope of these vital services.

The service supports investigation, diagnosis and consultation facilities, host telemedicine consultations, teleconferencing in addition to creating more jobs.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said today’s announcement was about saving lives and protecting lives.

The $12 million will improve a wide range of outreach health services to communities in need in north east Queensland, including cardiology, endocrinology, sleep medicine, psychiatry, geriatric medicine, immunology, general medicine, neurology, gastroenterology and gynaecology.

Diagnostic medical equipment will also be supported including cardiac stress testing, ECG monitoring, 24-hour heart rhythm-monitoring, cardiac ultrasound, colposcopy, sleep apnoea testing and device fitting, nerve conduction studies, liver fibroscan, respiratory function, respiratory function testing, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and telehealth services.