During 2017-18 Girls Got Heart donated $183,000 to their sole beneficiary, Heart of Australia (HoA).
During this 2 year period the hard work of GGH raised more than just fundraising dollars. The efforts of the GGH community highlighted the work of Dr Rolf Gomes and assisted in promoting the recognition of this great initiative. In 2019 Heart of Australia were granted $12 million of government funding over a three year period.
The $183,000 raised by Girls Got Heart supported the expansion of the HoA fleet and contributed significantly to the build and launch of Heart 3.
Heart 3 although being a smaller truck is set up to be able to do anything that Heart 1 and Heart 2 can do with the added bonus of being specialised for Gynaecological services. Heart 3 serves a second purpose as a community, events and overflow clinic assisting the other 2 trucks when needed but also attending other communities and events throughout QLD.
- Heart of Australia brings specialist services to rural communities on two custom-designed clinic-on-wheels, each driven by a Kenworth K200 prime mover.
- The purpose-built, self-sufficient trailers provides several private clinic rooms, a testing room and a reception area for patients.
- It is wheelchair accessible and fully-air-conditioned for comfort.
- The first 18-wheel semi-trailer mobile clinic for Heart of Australia that Dr Gomes personally-designed was launched on the 3rd of October 2014 after six years of planning and construction.
- It has welcomed more than 5000 GP-referred patients on its 8000km monthly visits to 13 bush communities throughout southwest and central Queensland.
- Rolf is proud of the evidence that Heart of Australia has so far saved more than 250 lives of rural Australians by diagnosing patients with previously undetected, critical cardiac conditions.
- The second even bigger semi-trailer mobile clinic saw its first patient in Dalby on the 26th of September 2018 and is now a part of a growing fleet of state of the art, custom designed and constructed high-tech mobile medical clinics offering a wide variety of Specialist Services to outback and rural QLD communities.
- With the addition of the second truck, Heart of Australia has also been able to add even more townships to its routes and is now proudly servicing 16 rural and outback communities.
- On Friday 1 March, Heart of Australia launched the latest addition to their outback fleet, the first compact mobile clinic, HEART 3.
- The bulk of the funding required to construct and fit out the $1million custom-clinic was provided by corporate sponsors and charitable foundations, including Girls Got Heart who are committed to the mission of providing essential medical services to the people of rural and regional Queensland.
People living in rural or remote areas are:
- 44% more likely to die from heart disease;
- 70% more likely to die from heart failure;
- 31% more likely to die from stroke;
- These figures are twice as likely for rural Indigenous people.
For more information visit the Heart of Australia website https://www.heartofaustralia.com