Dr Rolf Gomes
Founder of Heart of Australia outback health service
QLDNomineeAustralian of the Year2021
Dr Rolf Gomes is a cardiologist and the founder of Heart of Australia, which brings specialist services to rural communities on three custom-designed clinics-on-wheels.
After six years of planning and construction, Rolf designed and launched the first purpose-built, self-sufficient mobile medical clinic in 2014. Wheelchair accessible and fully-airconditioned, it provided several private clinic rooms, a testing room and a reception area for patients.
In 2018, Rolf expanded Heart of Australia to a fleet of state-of-the-art mobile medical clinics, offering a wide variety of specialist services to outback and rural QLD communities. Two additional mobile clinics are currently under construction.
As a result of his dedication and hard work, Heart of Australia has welcomed more than 10,000 GP-referred patients on its 8,000km monthly visits, and is now proudly servicing 22 bush communities throughout southwest and central Queensland. It has saved the lives of over 400 rural Australians by diagnosing previously undetected, critical cardiac conditions.