Living in rural and remote communities can have its challenges, including regular access to local specialist medical services. Often people are required to travel to bigger cities, hundreds or thousands of kilometres from their homes for potentially lifesaving investigative or diagnostic medical appointments.
IOR Petroleum services remote and regional Australia with depots and 24/7 unmanned Diesel Stops which includes a large footprint across Queensland. We understand the impact and importance of giving back to the communities in which we operate, this includes support for the Heart of Australia program. This mobile clinic provides specialist cardiac and respiratory services travelling to 11 regional Queensland towns including Roma, Dalby, Charleville, St George, Goondiwindi, Emerald, Barcaldine, Charters Towers, Moranbah and Longreach. This service saves an average distance of 650km travelled per patient on each visit!
Since the program launched in October 2014, the customised specialist clinic road train has managed to provide care for over 1,700 patients, with 11 being identified for open heart surgery. That’s a lot of lives potentially saved and as a business with a direct link to the areas serviced by Heart of Australia, we are excited to support this initiative.
Barbara, an IOR customer based in Roma wrote to us recently about her very positive experience with the Heart of Australia clinic. We are very pleased to hear that Barbara is feeling better and that the program has made such a difference to the life of one of our customers.
“I am just writing to say thank you for your sponsorship of the Heart of Australia truck. I recently had heart issues and through the perseverance of the attending Cardiologist at the truck and my GP, my problem was located and rectified.
I may not be as well as I am today without this service and it is greatly appreciated.
I have a follow up appointment towards the end of this month. Not having to travel away to attend a service such as this is wonderful.”
To find out more, including information on how to book an appointment, please visit www.heartofaustralia.com