State Member for Mudgeeraba
Ros's motto is "Never give up, never give in" and this has helped Ros forge a career of 30 years of health experience - as a Registered General Nurse and the former General Manager and Director of Nursing of the Wesley Gold Coast Hospital.
Ros has been awarded the Royal Australian College of Nursing’s Distinguished Services Award, the Prime Minister’s Centenary of Federation Medal for Distinguished Services to the Australian Community in Health, and she is a former winner of the Queensland Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award (AusIndustry).
As a successful businesswoman, Ros was instrumental in gaining funding allocated to the Federal Government’s Life Saving Drugs Program. Many families throughout Australia who suffer from rare and fatal genetic disorders have received treatment through this program, previously not available to them.
Growing up in the Victorian country town of Healesville allowed Ros to understand and appreciate the importance of close knit communities. Her mother was a school teacher and her father was a third generation dairy farmer who instilled in their three girls (all of whom are nurses) the importance of honesty and integrity.
Ros is a proud mother of three children, Ben Gommers, Greg Gommers and Jill Gommers.
A strong campaign outlining the many neglected areas in the Mudgeeraba electorate, saw residents in agreement and Ros was duly elected as the Member for Mudgeeraba in the Queensland State election held on the 21st of March 2009.
Ros has always been a vocal advocate for health issues and particularly the future of nursing. In her maiden speech, Ros vowed to represent nurses in Parliament:
"I am particularly delighted that I will be able to provide to this place that vocal and credible representation that nurses are so rightly demanding. I will ensure that this most trusted and dedicated profession gets the acknowledgement it deserves."
Ros was appointed Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts on the 3rd of April 2012.
Ros resigned from the Ministry for family and health reasons on the 15th of February 2013, however she continues to represent the electorate of Mudgeeraba as vigorously as she always has.
Ros was appointed Shadow Minister for Government Services, Building Industry, Information and Communication Technology on the 11 April 2011
Backbench Committee on Health - 2012 to present
Finance and Administration Committee - 2011 - 2012
Social Development Committee - 2009 - 2011
LNP Health Policy Committee - 2009 - 2011
Ros is a member of many local community organisations and/or attends regular meetings or events of:
Mudgeeraba Chamber of Commerce
Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce
Springbrook Chamber of Commerce
Communities for Sustainable Futures
Springbrook Mountain Community Association
Bonogin Valley Community Association
Mudgeeraba Lions Club
Robina Lions Club
Mudgeeraba-Springbrook Country Womens Association
Rotary Club of Robina
Rotary Club of Mudgeeraba
Gold Coast Local Ambulance Committee
Mudgeeraba Police Consultative Committee
Robina Police Consultative Committee
Mudgeeraba Neighbourhood Watch
Merridown Neighbourhood Watch
Friends of the Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Society
Numinbah Correctional Facility Group
Women at Work
National Council of Women of Queensland
The Royal Australian College of Nursing
Telstra Business Woman of the Year Alumni
The Mudgeeraba Action Group
The Mudgeeraba Tennis Club
Mudgeeraba Pony and Hack Club
The Merrimac Football Club
Magic United Football Club
The Mudgeeraba-Nerang Cricket Club
The Carrara Saints AFL Club
The Gold Coast Dolphins Cricket Club
The Mudgeeraba Redbacks Junior Rugby League Club
The Hinterland District Netball Association
The Robina Braves Baseball Club
The Robina Raptors Junior Rugby League Club
Surf Life Saving Queensland South Coast Branch
The Australian Computer Society