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North Queensland deserves a full-time Paediatric Cardiologist

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Amanda Stones
C/- PO Box 399
INGHAM QLD 4850

Total Signatures - 2049

Sponsoring Member: Mr Nick Dametto MP

Posting Date: 29/04/2020

Closing Date: 13/07/2020

Tabled Date: 14/07/2020

Responded By: Hon Dr Steven Miles MP on 13/08/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the absence of a permanently-based paediatric cardiologist in Townsville or the wider North Queensland region. There are currently hundreds of children in the North with heart conditions who are required to fly down to Brisbane at taxpayers' expense to see a paediatric cardiologist or are forced to wait for a cardiologist to visit Townsville four times a year for two days each time. These visiting appointments are often filled very quickly, with families forced to wait hours to see a cardiologist. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the paediatric cardiologist is no longer visiting North Queensland, leaving hundreds of children in the children without access.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to do all within its power for a full-time paediatric cardiologist to be based in North Queensland to ensure children with heart conditions are able to better access the care they need.