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Free lung checks could save former miners lives

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A trip to the Rockhampton Showgrounds this week could make a lifesaving difference for former mine workers.

Resources Safety and Health, and Heart of Australia’s mobile health van is in town this week offering free lung checks.

It's open to people who used to work in mines and quarries, to detect and manage dust diseases like black lung and silicosis.

Appointment slots are still available for retired and former Queensland workers.

They can be made through the Mine Dust Health Support Service.

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke says it's a simple process but could be a lifesaver.

“Early detection and intervention is vital when managing mine dust lung diseases like black lung and silicosis,” he says.

“One call to the Mine Dust Health Support Service on 1300 445 715 and they will take care of all the details and provide help and support along the way.

“We support our mine and quarry workers on and off the job site, so if you have retired or permanently left the industry, book an appointment today.”

Appointments can also be made at the nearest approved medical clinic.