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Closing the gap for bush medical services

Heart of Australia founder, Dr Rolf Gomes, again opened the door to governments to get behind expansion of specialist medical services to rural and remote communities when he addressed the LNP State Council meeting in Kingaroy last weekend.

Dr Gomes was invited to brief the Council members from all over Queensland, including State and Federal LNP parliament members on Heart of Australia’s first year on the road.

He outlined the program’s first-year experience – highlighting that to date, some 2000 patients had been seen, diagnosed and treated, with 70 of them “saved” by urgent, intensive treatment for advanced cardiac illness.

He emphasised that in less than a year from its start Heart of Australia today is regularly servicing eleven communities and reaching as far north as Charters Towers.

Dr Gomes told the Council that with “tangible partnerships with governments”, Heart of Australia could speed up plans to widen its range of specialist medical services to remote communities.

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