Free health checks for truckies in Vic, Qld and NSW
A joint initiative will see free, confidential truck driver health checks undertaken at selected eastern states' truck stops
Truck driver health checks are being offered as part of a joint initiative involving Safe Work Australia (SWA), the National Transport Commission, preventionXpress and the Institute for Breathing and Sleeping.
From January 20 to February 10, free health checks will be conducted for heavy vehicle drivers at various locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
The free, confidential, 10-minute health check will be conducted on-site at the relevant truck stop by a health professional and involves two quick steps: testing of height, weight, blood pressure and a blood prick test for diabetes, and a lifestyle questionnaire.
Any driver identified as having a high risk health issue will be referred to their GP and provided with contact details of relevant service providers for further information.
The times and sites are:
- Queensland, January 20-22, BP Archerfield, corner of Randolph Street and Boundary Road
- NSW, January 26-30 (morning only on January 30), BP Marulan, both sides of Highway 31
- Victoria, February 8-10, location to be confirmed.
"Road transport is a priority industry of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. The health of 1,000 truck drivers will be tested during December, January and February," SWA says.
"PreventionXpress will collect de-identified health information, compare the results against national data and provide a de-identified report to the National Transport Commission and Safe Work Australia.
"This information will be used in the development of preventative health programs or policies in the road freight transport industry."