News Archive: 2016

Out Meandarra way, it’s all hands for heart health

Posted on 14th December 2016


The renowned Meandarra Campdraft three-day event last month ignited Southern Darling Downs backing for the Australian “first” travelling cardiology clinic known as The Heart Truck.

On Friday, December 2nd the Heart of Australia semi-trailer clinic rig went off-road to be the centrepiece for the inaugural Meandarra-district Heart Health Day Charity Auction, aimed at building on a $10,000 donation to the program from the Condamine Campdraft.

The day was held in memory of Graham Bridle who was suddenly taken while holidaying overseas with an undiagnosed heart condition. The family wish to raise awareness of men’s heart health and the importance of prevention via early detection and accessibility for country Queenslanders.

Auction organisers said they were overwhelmed by anonymous donations from district locals for bid lots on the day, as well as great support from corporate sponsors.

It was a warm and festive lunchtime affair – organisers welcomed nearly 300 guests for lunch creekside at the “Uralla” property of Scott & Ann-Maree Attwooll. 

The team at Heart of Australia are extremely grateful for the generosity and support from the Meandarra community.



Highway to health for the bush is going further

Posted on 23rd November 2016

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Bush Queensland’s pioneering specialist medical program Heart of Australia, is growing again – way ahead of expectations.

Two newly-recruited specialist doctors, cardiologist Dr Roly Hilling-Smith and endocrinologist Dr Merryn Thomae, are to share a new Heart of Australia travelling clinic roster to the Southern Downs centre of Stanthorpe this month.

Cardiologist and Heart of Australia founder Dr Rolf Gomes said the program has “successfully engaged with local council and General Practitioners who have identified that because of medical need in the Stanthorpe district, our visiting specialist clinics will provide a direct benefit to this community”.

“We are delighted to bring our services to Stanthorpe so that the people there – living almost on the Qld/NSW border – will have access for the first time to regularly-scheduled visits by specialists,” he said.

“We’re hoping Stanthorpe will be a lucky 13 for the local district people because Stanthorpe becomes the 13th town on our travelling clinics circuits, joining Dalby, Goondiwindi, St George, Charleville, Roma, Longreach, Winton, Emerald, Barcaldine, Hughenden, Charters Towers and Moranbah”.

“That marks truly outstanding growth and community acceptance for Heart of Australia since we started on the road just two years ago with only five bush towns on the roster,” Dr Gomes said.