Hear from five incredible medical professionals!
Dr Rolf Gomes is a cardiologist and founder of Heart of Australia - an organisation delivering monthly specialist medical investigation and treatment clinics to regional, rural and remote area communities across Queensland. Heart of Australia's customized road trains – specialist medical clinic-on-wheels – have travelled more than 150,000km on the road covering an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres.
Dr Gomes, a husband and father of three young children, has committed his Medihearts private practice to support the realization of his vision for Heart of Australia – to revolutionise the delivery of first-class specialty services to rural and remote communities, giving much needed specialist medical care that is often taken for granted in the city.
In March 2018, Dr Evans & Sonia Goodwin resigned on the same day from their public sector managerial roles. They decided they had 20 – 30 years of their professional years left to make a difference as a Doctor and a Nurse and felt that they would be able to influence the healthcare system by creating a new model of care and working outside the system.
Several weeks later, after many conversations with women in varying businesses, after spending time together discussing their professional drivers and passions, and viewing the shocking Australian Bureau of Statistics data on children under the age of 12 experiencing homelessness, the concept of Sunny Street evolved.
Sunny Street lovingly provides much needed medical services to those living on the streets and offers the chance for people to take the time and have a conversation with a Doctor and/or a nurse regarding their own lived experience of their unique health journey, their understanding of their health concerns/issues and their capacity to take action and affect their life in a positive and independent way.
Associate Professor Jamie Seymour or the “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 years.
He has been successfully involved in programs designed to decrease the envenomings of humans by jellyfish, namely in Australia, Timor Leste (for the United Nations), Thailand and Hawaii. His research has been directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian jellyfish stings. He established and is the director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit (TASRU) which is now recognised as one of the premier research groups in the world for the studies of the ecology and biology of box jellyfish and research into medical treatment of box jellyfish envenomings.
Dr Kris Rallah-Baker is a Yuggera/Biri-Gubba man from Queensland and is the current President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. As Australia’s first Indigenous Ophthalmologist he currently works as a consultant locum ophthalmologist across Australia. He works closely with Indigenous communities to provide quality eye health care that they may not otherwise receive.
He sits on both the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Selection Board and Indigenous Committee and is heavily involved with the Fred Hollows Foundation nationally. Dr Rallah-Baker’s registrar training was undertaken with the Fred Hollows Foundation in remote Indigenous communities and he was subsequently awarded the Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship. Kris also worked in Alice Springs, and surrounding communities, and the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji. Dr Kris Rallah-Baker has published in the areas of neuro-ophthalmology and refractive surgery and is an associate lecturer with the University of Queensland. Outside of work Kris is an accomplished pianist, artist and cabinet maker.
Clare Walker is the President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland, a senior medical officer and board member for the Central West Hospital and Health Service, based in Longreach, who works at the Longreach Family Medical Practice and the Longreach Hospital as both a GP and GP Supervisor. Clare also provides procedural Obstetrics and Anaesthetics to the Central West HHS since moving there in 2010.
Clare enjoys the diversity of work offered in this remote area and is passionate about providing high quality primary and secondary care to rural and remote patients, as close to home as is safe. As a resident of Longreach herself and the mother of four children, Clare believes in the importance of healthy lifestyle promotion, preventative care and good chronic disease management. She practices what she preaches with her local running group, ‘The Gidgee Sniffers’!