Madden powers up bid for vital health service
THE MOBILE Breast Screen Queensland van will be stationed in Lowood for a week next year if Somerset councillor Jim Madden gets his way.
Cr Madden, also the Labor candidate for the seat of Ipswich West at the next state election, is working with the local Somerset Regional Council to get three phase power installed at a suitable site in Lowood so the van can service the local community.
Every two years the mobile van visits the lower Somerset area but in the past has been stationed for two weeks at Fernvale.
It is due again in February, 2015 when Cr Madden hopes it will divide the time between both Lowood and Fernvale.
"The population of Lowood is about 3500 and Fernvale's is 2000 so I asked (Breast Screen Queensland) why they weren't parking at Lowood," Cr Madden said.
"They said they hadn't been able to find a suitable site with three phase power.
"I made some inquiries and found out that we didn't have any suitable sites with three phase power in Lowood, but they said if we can get that they would consider doing one week at Lowood and one at Fernvale."
Cr Madden raised the issue at a council meeting on May 8 and quotes are being obtained to determine how much it would cost.
A site has been identified at the Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA) Hall car park and it is hoped the power can be installed in time for Breast Screen's next visit. "Medical services are a major issue in regional areas and the services only come here periodically," Cr Madden said. "The Breast Screen van is a fantastic way to deal with a lot of people in a short period and breast cancer is a major health problem women encounter."