The Morrison Government is investing $17.2 million to ensure Heart of Australia can continue to operate mobile health clinics across the state.
Heart of Australia provides outreach services across regional, rural and remote part of the state, including at Cooktown and Weipa.
Heart of Australia is the first mobile medical program delivering specialist services including cardiology.
Since its establishment in 2014, Heart of Australia has seen more than 11,000 patients, saved 450 lives and its customised road trains have travelled more than 150,000km covering an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said he had witnessed first-hand the amazing work undertaken by Heart of Australia.
“I had the opportunity to travel to Cooktown to see first-hand the amazing work Heart of Australia does. I firmly believe it is an essential service,” Mr Entsch said.
“Their specialised B-Double mobile clinics contain a CT scanner and X-ray which brings mobile cardiology and radiology services to people in regional and remote areas.
“This is particularly important for those living in my vast electorate where it isn’t as simple as just hopping into the car and ducking down the road to undertake what could essentially be a life-saving test or scan.
“This is a very positive outcome particularly for residents living in Cape York.”