RDAQ Foundation Gives Vital Boost to the Heart Truck

(L-R) Dr Matt Masel & Dr Rolf Gomes

(L-R) Dr Matt Masel & Dr Rolf Gomes

Health-focused charity RDAQ Foundation continues its support for the “Heart of Australia” Big Heart Truck with a donation of $10,000 towards this vital service.

The Heart of Australia service is a much loved and is now seen as a vital service for Our Towns since its establishment in October 2014.

It was back then that Dr Rolf Gomes, an engineer-turned- cardiologist had the vision to provide a mobile medical laboratory and consulting room-on- wheels helps people in rural and remote Queensland access specialist cardiology care, close to home.

Supporters like RDAQ Foundation have helped expand the service to include respiratory and sleep medicine as well as gastroenterology and endocrinology.  Dr Adam Coltzau, St George local doctor and RDAQ Foundation Chair says his own back yard typifies the need.

“The Heart of Australia service has made a real difference to many of my patients here in St George because the truck brings advanced diagnostic testing equipment, patients no longer have to travel very long distances to have the important tests they need.”

Country patients each save an average of over 800km per visit; its extraordinary value to families and the community.

“Rural doctors know all too that traveling long distances on country roads can be perilous. A service that comes to town and will see you in your own community makes such a difference.”

Goondiwindi’s Dr Matt Masel presented Dr Gomes with a cheque on behalf of the RDAQ Foundation, a charity set up by rural doctors to help improve the health of rural communities.

“As country doctors we really see what services make a real difference to rural people and rural communities, and the Big Heart Truck is certainly one of those – It’s literally a life-saver.”

RDAQ Foundation is a registered charity that supports worthwhile programs like “Heart of Australia” to deliver better health in rural communities around Queensland.

The Foundation was established by rural doctors to work with communities at the local level on projects that directly help rural and remote communities to get better health outcomes.