News Archive: 2015

Closing the gap for bush medical services

Posted on 23rd November 2015

LNP Council Meeting Kingaroy

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.

Getting a handle early on health for life

Posted on 30th October 2015

Arrow Energy the foundation partner of the Heart of Australia program, is hosting a special opportunity for Dalby State High School and Dalby Christian College students to learn about the value of healthy lifestyle decisions, including issues such as the impact of obesity in families and the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise.

The students who are studying health education, will visit and learn about the operations of the Heart of Australia mobile clinic and hear from program founder, Dr Rolf Gomes, who says “it is fantastic that our travelling staff will be able to meet these students, answer their questions and perhaps help them to make sound decisions – so that in later life they might never need our clinical services. It fulfils our goal of creating a conversation about health right in the heart of town…it’s terrific!”