Heart of Australia is a programme that embodies the most innovative approach to front-line specialist medical service delivery in generations, specifically aiming to help Australians whose lives are threatened by this nation’s vast distances.
Heart of Australia delivers fortnightly specialist medical investigation and treatment clinics to regional, rural and remote area communities across Queensland, including Dalby, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, St George, Charleville, Roma, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Hughenden, Charters Towers and Moranbah.
Their customised road train – a specialist medical clinic-on-wheels – has travelled more than 150,000km on the road covering an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres.
Heart of Australia is breaking the grip of distance that denies rural and remote-area Australians access to services when and where they are needed most.
Western Queensland, where the Rotary Club of Longreach is located, is moving into its 8th year of drought. This has impacted not just the graziers and property owners, it has had a major negative impact on business owners in the towns and communities in the region. Businesses have suffered reductions of annual income of up to 60% over the last 5 years.
The generous financial support received from the SEQ Expo will be used to pay an increasing bill for those businesses that have been most effected. To keep the dollars in the local community longer and gain greater value from every dollar received from SEQ Expo, one of the main conditions of receiving funding will be that the money has to be used by a local business to pay a local business.
Rotary Club of Longreach supports towns and communities up to 350 kms from Longreach, the nearest club is Emerald 400kms east. The next is Charleville 500kms and Mt Isa 700kms.
The Rotary Club of Jimboomba is very active in the local community concentrating on youth, International works in Vanuatu, and being of assistance to local residents. Wherever and whenever the local community needs help, Rotary is there to assist.