Heart of Australia is the brainchild of Brisbane cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes, a father of three and the principal of Medihearts - his established private cardiology practice in Brisbane.
Rolf comes from a family of 3 siblings (initially 4 siblings prior to the death of his eldest brother at the age of 5). Rolf was born in Calcutta and came to Australia at the age of 9 with his parents. From very humble beginnings Rolf later graduated from Electrical Engineering and worked for 2 years as an Electrical Engineer for a petro chemical company. He then left a good job to pursue a career in medicine becauseâ€¦.as he would sayâ€¦. â€śI just wanted to be in a job where I was chatting to people all day and at the same time doing something useful with my lifeâ€ť. So he went back to wiping down coffee tables for another four years and eventually graduated from Medicineâ€¦.and later Cardiology.
Rolf was instantly attracted to Cardiology because â€¦.. â€śin essenceâ€¦the heart is just like a pumpâ€¦.itâ€™s got plumbing, valves and electricsâ€¦â€¦alsoâ€¦.obstetrics scared the hell out of me and the other stuff was just too hard!â€ť
Rolf recognised early what might be possible by mobilising healthcare technology. Perhaps this was his Engineering background resurfacingâ€¦.by combining the dictum of medicine which is to â€śprolong life and ease sufferingâ€ś with the mantra of engineers which is to â€śmake things happenâ€ť, and with the aid of like-minded organisations and colleagues, Rolf was finally able to realise his vision - to bring servicesâ€¦.many which people in the city take for grantedâ€¦.to the bush.
Close to 6 years after taking the first stepâ€¦..and going down many dry gulliesâ€¦.on the 3rd of October 2014 Heart of Australia was launched. What has been achieved since is nothing short of amazing.