26 September 2023

Health bus on its way to Weipa for Rio Tinto employees

| Matt Nicholls
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The Heart 5 bus will arrive in Weipa next week and will be used for examinations on Rio Tinto Weipa employees.

RIO Tinto and the Heart of Australia Corporate Health Initiative have partnered to bring a first-of-its-kind mobile medical imaging clinic, HEART 5, to Weipa next month, providing Rio Tinto workers with respiratory health surveillance examinations.

Staffed by Heart of Australia technicians and physicians, the world’s first battery-operated CT scanner truck will provide examinations to employees at Amrun, Andoom and Lorim Point.

As part of the mandatory requirements for all mineral mine and quarry workers in Queensland, all mining companies are required to comply with respiratory health surveillance measures set by Resources Safety & Health Queensland.

The respiratory health examinations for coal, mineral mine and quarry workers have been aligned and strengthened to ensure that all mine and quarry workers across Queensland receive the same quality lung checks to detect changes in lung function in early stages.

The eye-catching mobile medical clinic will arrive in Weipa by barge next week.

“Rio Tinto is committed to ensuring our employees have access to high quality CT and x-ray scans. We are proud to partner with Heart of Australia Corporate Health Initiative to deliver this health surveillance program and will continue to bring the clinic to our Weipa operations” said Rio Tinto Weipa general manager Shona Markham.

Proceeds from the Heart of Australia Corporate Health Initiative’s delivery of employee health services help fund Heart of Australia’s ongoing specialist services for rural, remote and regional Australian communities.

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