GP2U Partners Trans-Help bringing Drs to you.

GP2U Telehealth, specialists in providing online video consultations for those in need of flexible access to healthcare, has announced a new partnership with National Transport Support Services charity, the Trans-Help Foundation. The venture will provide truckies with immediate access to doctors via video conference.

Trans-Help already has a number of health units traversing the main roadways across Australia, providing free nurse led check-ups to truckies, with the aim of making Australia’s roads the safest in the world.

GP2U will now be assisting the work of the Trans-Help nurses by providing telehealth consultations direct to drivers, wherever they may be.

This innovation will allow drivers, when referred by the Health Unit staff, to speak directly to a GP or even a Specialist, and is designed to both improve access to healthcare services and get more truckies to think about looking after their health and wellbeing.

The partnership was launched at the International Truck & Trailer Show in Melbourne on the 3 – 6 of April 2014.

The Trans-Help Foundation is the only national Australian charity that supports transport personnel and their families. Established in 2005, the Foundation has supported over 10,000 transport families through a 24/7 national 1300 support line, mobile health & support units, and a national respite facility. 

Dr James Freeman said, “This new partnership is a great fit. Telehealth technology brings the doctor to the patient, wherever they may be. It’s a good way to deliver services to remote locations, and to those who cannot easily access health care.”

CEO of Trans-Help, Dianne Carroll OAM said, “Truckies can be on the road for weeks at a time, away from their local GP, and often can’t find the time to see a doctor. This can leave them at risk of conditions that could affect their ability to drive. Preventative health checks have been proven to save lives, time and money, as well as significantly reducing the possibility of accidents. This partnership means not only can we detect problems early, but also deliver essential health care on the spot.”

The partnership will provide extra relief to the families who often worry about how well their loved ones are taking care of themselves whilst on the road.

The service has already been trialled by several drivers and the results are positive.

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