Bridgestone Australia has signed up to support a pioneering program providing front-line specialist medical services to regional and remote communities across Queensland.
Heart of Australia was established in 2014 as the nation’s first cardiology clinic-on-wheels. Designed to overcome the challenge of distance faced by many Queenslanders when it comes to accessing medical services, the program is delivered via a 25m-long, purpose-built clinic – driven by a Kenworth prime mover.
Bridgestone has committed to providing tyres for the Kenworth K200 prime mover as well as Heart of Australia’s various support vehicles.
“The Heart of Australia concept is fantastic; it’s innovative, it’s unique and it’s meaningful and Bridgestone Australia is proud to have signed on as a partner,” said Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Moffatt.
“The Heart of Australia truck and associated support vehicles are covering extensive mileage, often in harsh and unforgiving conditions. We are very pleased to be able to provide them with quality tyres, as well as servicing support, to help them reach their destinations safely and reliably.”
Heart of Australia’s self-sufficient trailer provides two private clinic rooms, a testing room and a reception area for patients. It is wheelchair accessible and fully-air-conditioned. The team provides a number of services, including cardiology consultations, stress echocardiograms, exercise stress testing, electrocardiograms and more.
“The Heart of Australia truck covered more than 72,000km in its first year on the road, treating more than 1,700 people and, importantly, saving some 60 lives,” Mr Moffatt said.
“We’re enormously pleased to play a part in ensuring the Heart of Australia team can continue to offer this invaluable service. Bridgestone’s philosophy is all about putting yourself and your loved ones in safe hands when you’re on the road, so we’re glad to put the Heart of Australia team in safe hands too.”
Doctor Rolf Gomes, founder of Heart of Australia, said he was proud and delighted to announce the new direct assistance partnership with Bridgestone Australia to support the program’s lifesaving work.
“Bridgestone joins our family of partners backing our work and helping us to ensure our mobile clinic and support crews travel safely and reliably in rural areas across Queensland,” he said.
“We are excited about our collaboration and look forward to an enduring partnership.”