News Archive: Mar 2018
Our team has fallen in love with providing medical services to the people of outback Queensland. And if Verity Chadwick is any indication, we aren’t the only ones. Inspired by Dr Gomes’ episodes on Australian Story, Sydney-based medical student Verity reached out to Heart of Australia to donate her time and skills on the final Heart Bus rotation for 2017.
“I chose to volunteer because I like the innovative approach by which Heart of Australia provides cardiovascular care to remote and under-resourced communities,” Verity said.
Thanks to the support of some generous locals in the towns on our route, Verity not only experienced life as a medical student on board the truck, but was also treated to some personalised tours of our regional towns, giving her a true appreciation and insight into the beauty of the regions and the people who live and work there, as well as the challenges.
“The time spent with the Heart of Australia team – was intense and a genuine portrayal of what life on the road as a cardiology clinic really is. The communities were so open and easy going, and the waiting room always full of characters willing to chat about almost anything from the weather to the issues they face in their communities.”
We think we’ve made a convert out of Verity, and we hope to welcome more medical students onto the truck in the future, to showcase the beauty of the outback and our regional communities as well as the health access challenges they face. Verity is certainly recommending it to her peers.
“I loved joining the team and would highly recommend it to any fortunate medical student wishing to see the real Australia and help make a difference where it is really needed. “
In order to keep the Heart Bus in regional towns for as long as possible, we shuttle our doctors, sonographers and members of the Heart of Australia team in and out for rotations by road, and often by air. By utilising the opportunity to fly our teams in, we minimise the amount of time they need to spend travelling and maximise the amount of time they are potentially available to see patients.
The opportunity to fly in and fly out our team, not to mention the occasional piece of life-saving medical equipment without incurring expensive excess baggage charges, is only made possible thanks to the ongoing support of Regional Express (Rex) airlines. Without their ongoing support, and their commitment to helping regional families access quality specialist services, we would not be able to fly our team all around the state.
Rex Corporate Communications Executive, Mary Blackburn welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with Heart of Australia in 2018.
“Being a regional airline one of our key values is our commitment to giving back to the communities we operate in, by supporting worthwhile causes that contribute to a better quality of life for the wider community.”
“We are excited to partner with Heart of Australia again in 2018, and to be given the opportunity to be a part of the great work Heart of Australia does in providing essential specialist medical services to remote Australian communities.”
Thanks, Rex. For helping deliver us to where our work is needed.
Photo Credit: Cathy Finch Photography