10:45 pm, Wednesday 17 July, 2013
In recognition that it is difficult for truckies to book a trip to the doctor when they are on the road, not-for-profit Trans-Help Foundation is providing positive help to improve their health and safety.
The volunteer organisation recently launched its new mobile health check truck in South Australia that will move between popular truck stops encouraging truckies to give themselves a free health check.
Trans-Help CEO Di Carroll, who founded the foundation in 2005 in New South Wales, said that it is a positive move to have the health check truck now operating in SA.
Over 12,000 health checks have been administered by volunteers in the eastern Australian states since 2008.
She said that the health checks are helping to save lives on the roads and ensuring that the roads are safer for all users.
Ms Carroll said that the transport industry took a physical and mental toll on truck drivers and that it is hoped the health checks will make a big difference in SA.
Included in the health checks:
- Blood pressure.
- Body mass index.
- Glucose test – for those with a family history of Diabetes.
- Sleep apnoea testing.
For more information see the Trans-Help website.