RACQ helps bring heart healthcare to the bush

RACQ has announced a landmark partnership to help provide frontline medical services to regional Queensland, sponsoring the Heart of Australia program.

Heart of Australia is a specialist cardiac clinic on wheels delivering cardiac and respiratory medicine to 12 regional centres across Queensland including Dalby, Goondiwindi, St George, Charleville, Roma, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Hughenden, Winton, Charters Towers, and Moranbah.

RACQ Head of Community and Education David Contarini said the customised road-train, referred to as the ‘heart bus’, gave rural residents access to specialised treatment and diagnosis that was often denied due to their remoteness.

“People in regional Queensland have almost double the chance of dying of a heart attack than city dwellers and cardiac disease is still the biggest killer for men and middle to older age women,” Mr Contarini said.

“This fortnightly service travels from town-to-town providing treatment when and where it’s needed the most.

“We’ve proudly pledged $100,000 each year for the next three years to ensure the Heart of Australia can continue its vital service.”

Mr Contarini said more than 2,500 patients have utilised the services of Heart of Australia since it launched two years ago.

“We’re proud to be able to play a role in improving Queenslander’s access to health specialists,” he said.

“We already sponsor RACQ’s network of rescue helicopters which are on-call to treat seriously ill and critically injured people around the State. Now we can proudly say we support preventative healthcare too.”

Information on RACQ’s Heart of Australia sponsorship can be found on the Club’s website.