More than 150 outback patients owe their lives to heart surgeons who travel remote Queensland every month in an 18-wheeler “heart bus” called the Heart of Australia.
The mobile “clinic”, which clocks up 8000 kilometres every four weeks, is the brainchild of Brisbane cardiologist, Doctor Rolf Gomes.
Doctor Gomes designed the “heart bus” determined to give country Queenslanders access to high-quality heart care just like people have in the city.
On Saturday, October 21, more than 400 of Dr Gomes patients and supporters, joined him for a Gala dinner at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Adoni Media founder and television journalist, Leisa Goddard, donating her time as Emcee.
In the crowd, was outback Queenslander, Rob Buchan, who owes his life to Dr Gomes and the Heart of Australia bus. At 74, he has survived triple bypass heart surgery.
Dr Gomes first hit the road three years ago and has since helped more than 4000 patients across 13 communities.
His philosophy is from little things, big things grow and that is true of the Heart of Australia.
Dr Gomes mortgaged his home to start the service and is now, thanks to supporters such as Arrow Energy, is now designing a second semi-trailer clinic that will provide on the spot cardiology diagnosis to patients in the bush.
The Gala Dinner made even more special with major sponsor, Arrow Energy, announcing it would triple its funding.