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$1M partnership to expand Heart of Australia services across Central Queensland

Posted on 20th January 2020


Heart of Australia Founder Dr Rolf Gomes and CEO of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business Tyler Mitchelson announce a new partnership that will expand specialist medical services across Central Queensland.

Heart of Australia and Anglo American have announced a new, three-year partnership that will see Heart of Australia’s specialist medical services extended to four more Central Queensland communities.

Commencing in 2020, the $1 million partnership will support Heart of Australia in delivering specialist services to the towns of Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount for the first time ever. Specialist services currently being delivered by Heart of Australia include cardiology, gynaecology, neurology, gastroenterology, urology sleep studies, respiratory services, and endocrinology.

Heart of Australia Founder and cardiologist, Dr Rolf Gomes, welcomed the partnership and acknowledged Anglo American’s support for the vision of equitable access to healthcare for all Australians.

“This new partnership is a great example of like-minded organisations coming together to deliver tangible outcomes for our regional communities,” Dr Gomes said.

“We are very pleased to be entering this partnership with Anglo American, which supports our big-picture efforts while also providing direct services to the local communities of Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount.

“Every time we expand our services to a new location, we have the potential to change and save lives for the community who live there. People who have often gone without specialist services for years, or who have needed to travel hundreds of kilometres at significant expense to access them.

“At Heart of Australia, our vision is to ensure all Australians have access to quality medical specialist services and we’re grateful to have the support of an organisation that understands how important access to good healthcare is.”

Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business, Tyler Mitchelson, said the company was proud to be supporting such a critical service.

“We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with Heart of Australia, who deliver life-saving specialist medical services to regional Queensland,” Mr Mitchelson said.

“We’re committed members of the communities where we operate, and we understand how critical it is for those in rural communities to have access to health services when and where they need them most.

“We have seen the benefits of Heart of Australia’s services first-hand in Moranbah, where two of our mines are located, and it was important to us to see these services made available to the rest of the communities where we operate – Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount.

“Supporting thriving communities is a key pillar of our global Sustainable Mining Plan, and this partnership provides a meaningful way for us to better support the people who live and work in the Bowen Basin.”

Heart of Australia delivers quality, specialist medical services to Australians living in regional, rural and remote communities. Since Heart of Australia commenced operations in 2014, they have seen over 8,000 patients and potentially helped save over 350 lives.

Their innovative delivery approach involves taking specialist medical services to the people who need them on a fleet of custom-designed mobile medical clinics and they currently operate two full-size mobile medical clinics, HEART 1 and HEART 2 and a mini mobile clinic, HEART 3.

Anglo American is a leading global mining company, with significant investments within Australia and particularly in Queensland. The company operates five metallurgical coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, which produce and export highest quality hard coking coal for use in steel production for critical building and infrastructure around the world, as well as steel components for trucks and medical equipment.



Two exciting opportunities to join the Heart of Australia Team

Posted on 14th January 2020

We're HiringHere at Heart of Australia, our mission is to deliver quality specialist medical services to people living in rural and regional locations. We believe that all Australians have the right to access quality health care, regardless of where they live. After years of crippling droughts, bushfires and more, it has never been more important for us to support our fellow Australians living outside our city centres.

Since Heart of Australia began in 2014, we have seen over 8,000 patients and helped to save over 350 lives. This life-saving impact was made possible by the Heart of Australia team members, who are passionate about our mission, and making a difference in the world, in addition to being skilled and knowledgeable in their roles.

We are always on the lookout for great future team members, and so we are excited to announce two opportunities to join the Heart of Australia Team.

 

Driver

Yes, it’s a driver role – but not as you know it. This is not your regular driving gig. Heart of Australia’s innovative service delivery model means we bring the medical specialists and the state-of-the-art equipment they require to the communities where they are needed. We do this via mobile medical clinics (heart trucks) that drive on fixed routes throughout rural and regional Queensland.

Heart of Australia currently operates two full-scale, HEART 1 & HEART 2, and one mini HEART 3, mobile medical clinics, with another full-sized mobile clinic launching later in 2020. Getting these custom heavy trucks from town to town requires skilled, heavy truck drivers.

But the role doesn’t stop at driving. As a genuine member of the Operations Team, our Drivers complete a diverse range of tasks that:

    • help to ensure the best possible experience for our patients when visiting the clinics
    • supports our clinical and operations teams while in the field – which means, among other things, meal preparations for the team (lunches & dinners)
    • ensures the safety of our patients and the team while in our clinics, and
    • phelps contribute to a supportive professional and friendly, team-based work environment

The role is a casual, part-time position based on the Heart of Australia heart trucks. Due to the nature of our remote service delivery, a degree of flexibility is required.

The successful candidate will be a skilled, professional driver with appropriate license (MC) and at least 2 years driving experience of similarly sized vehicles. Ideally, the person will be passionate about supporting people in the bush and spending time in our beautiful outback towns. They will have good communication skills and feel comfortable speaking with doctors, staff and patients alike. They will be keen to work as part of the team that’s on the road, saving and changing lives.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, please contact Veronica at veronica@heartofaustralia.com with your application and for more information about the role.

Heart of Australia values diversity, inclusion and flexibility, and we encourage women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply.

 

Medical Aide

Heart of Australia’s Medical Aides are on the front lines of our clinical service delivery in rural and regional Queensland.

Our innovative service delivery model means we bring the medical specialists and the state-of-the-art equipment they require to the communities where they are needed. We do this via mobile medical clinics (heart trucks) that drive on a fixed route throughout the bush.

Our Medical Aides are often the first team members our patients will have face to face contact with as they arrive on our heart trucks, and they will often be the most frequent contact point that our patients have throughout their health journey with us. The role is dynamic and varied. It is as much operational, and patient focussed liaising as it is clinical.

As a member of the Operations Team, our Medical Aides complete a diverse range of tasks that:

    • help to ensure the best possible experience for our patients, including setting them at ease, and providing support and information during times of stress and anxiety
    • contributes to the delivery of our clinical services by administering tasks such as performing ECGs, respiratory function tests, CPAP trials and more.
    • Supports the medical administration of the clinic to ensure responsible record-keeping, seamless patient administration and inventory management
    • plays an active role in transport logistics, including the driving of support vehicles, and acting as a pilot vehicle driver.
    • Ensures a safe, clean and welcoming clinic environment
    • helps contribute to a supportive, professional and friendly, team-based work environment.

The role is a casual, part-time position based on the Heart of Australia heart trucks. Due to the nature of our remote service delivery, a degree of flexibility is required.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated general experience of medical/hospital practice, have excellent patient interaction skills, strong computer skills and enjoy working with sophisticated equipment. Ideally, the person will be passionate about supporting people in the bush and spending time in our beautiful outback, have previous medical administration experience and be keen to work as part of the team that’s on the road, saving and changing lives. A tertiary education in a science-based course or nursing will be highly regarded.

Read about Heart of Australia team member Lucas’ experience as a Medical Aide here.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, please contact Veronica at veronica@heartofaustralia.com for more information about the role.

Heart of Australia values diversity, inclusion and flexibility, and we encourage women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply.