For remote and regional Australians, specialist health care can be a distant hope, requiring expensive travel to the city.
Thanks to a funding boost for a service that is already bringing specialist medical care to people in remote Queensland, a third mobile clinic is about to hit the dusty outback roads.
It is the work of Heart of Australia founder and cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes, whose life mission is to treat remote cardiology, mental health and women’s health patients.
Called HEART3, the mobile clinic will be deployed following a federal government three-year $12 million funding commitment to Heart of Australia.
This will lift the number of communities serviced from 16 to 25, with new towns Richmond, Weipa, Cooktown, Sarina, Palm Island, Biloela, Childers, Prosperpine and Ayr.
"We will also use the funding to expand our services to include mental health, an area of great need in rural and regional communities, and one that will complement our existing services, which include cardiology, gynaecology, neurology and endocrinology,” Dr Gomes said.