RURAL HEALTH: Dr Rolf Gomes knows the importance of cardiovascular services in rural Queensland.
RURAL HEALTH: Dr Rolf Gomes knows the importance of cardiovascular services in rural Queensland. Contributed

Free heart and engine checks in Dalby

HEALTH checks for both you and your car are on offer tomorrow in Dalby.

The RACQ has announced its sponsored Heart of Australia road train and Mobile Member Centre will be in Jimbour St Thursday and Friday.

The club encourages residents to receive a health check-up for their hearts as well as their car engines.

Spokesman David Contarini said it was important these valuable services reached all Queenslanders, not just those in major cities.

"We're proud of the fact we can help Dalby residents can get their heart health tested, while also getting the health of their car engines checked,” Mr Contarini said.

"Vehicle inspections are on offer for everyone, free of charge, regardless of whether they're an RACQ member.”

RURAL HEALTH: Then Assistant Minister for Rural Health Dr David  Gillespie, Dr Rolf Gomes from Heart of Australia, and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, in Dalby in 2016.
RURAL HEALTH: Former Assistant Minister for Rural Health Dr David Gillespie, Dr Rolf Gomes from Heart of Australia, and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, with the heart bus in Dalby. FILE

The Heart of Australia road train, or heart bus as it is affectionately called, will conduct cardiac and endocrine testing, which founder Dr Rolf Gomes described as "critical”.

"Previous data shows people in regional areas are 44 per cent more likely to die from a heart attack than city dwellers,” Dr Gomes said.

"We urge anyone who hasn't had regular check-ups or has any concerns to visit their local GP for a referral and then book in an appointment with specialists on board the Heart of Australia bus.”

The vehicles will be open for service from 9am-4pm on Thursday and from 9am-noon on Friday.