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Confirmed Speakers

Dr Sarah Moore
Medical Coordinator/Senior Lecturer
Rural Clinical School of WAI am a GP obstetrician and medical educator with the Rural Clinical School of WA, based in Busselton. I am also a wife and mother of two young daughters. I am passionate about providing whole person care to myself, my family, my patients, my colleagues and my community. I have been exploring the benefits of mindfulness, meditation and compassion training over the past few years, and am currently running a mindfulness program for my Rural Clinical School students, which I am evaluating with the intention to publish in the near future. I also provide mindfulness and compassion workshops at my local hospital for staff and students, and have led self-care sessions with GP registrars in the South West. I established the Holistic Health Practitioner Network in the South West of WA, and organised the South West Wellness Expo in October 2016, a free community event introducing over 40 local holistic health practitioners to the general public.
Andrea Lloyd
Andrea Lloyd & AssociatesAndrea has over 30 years experience consulting to organisations in both the public and private sectors across industries including health, mining, engineering, corrections and professional services. Her particular field of interest lies in helping organisations align the critical imperatives of vision, strategy, leadership and culture to create great workplaces that are adaptive to change and deliver results. This involves designing and delivering leadership and team development programs, facilitating workshops and leading organisational change and cultural transformation initiatives. Andrea heads up her own niche consulting business and has also provided consulting services through AIMWA-UWA Business School Executive Education. Andrea has an MBA from the University of Western Australia and a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Wales (Cardiff). She is an experienced practitioner in a wide variety of coaching, facilitation and leadership development tools.
Dr Janet Bray
Senior Research Fellow
Monash UniversityJanet Bray is a former Critical Care Nurse who moved into acute cardiovascular research with the aim of improving access to emergency treatments for patients suffering AMIs, strokes and cardiac arrests. Currently Janet works as a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC) at Monash University.Janet has just been awarded a four-year Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship to conduct a broad range of research including exploring the impact of campaigns (e.g. the Warning Signs campaign) on prehospital behaviour. The public and even patients who have already suffered ACS are still not responding to symptoms appropriately -some because symptoms don’t present as they expect (i.e. not the “Hollywood heart attack”) or are different from a previous event.
A/Professor Tom Briffa
Clinician and Health Researcher
University of Western AustraliaA/Professor Tom Briffa, is a clinician/health researcher at the University of Western Australia. He is the Director of the Centre for Health Services and Cardiovascular Research and Deputy Director of NHMRC CRE in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvement.He holds adjunct appointments at The George Institute and South Australian Health Medical Institute. He has expertise in cardiovascular disease prevention, treatment, outcomes and service delivery informed by linkage of health data. He works with a network of dynamic health professionals globally. He has published position statements on exercise, acute coronary syndrome and rehabilitation and holds honorary positions with national and state health agencies.
Professor Susanne S. Pedersen
Head of Department/Professor of Cardiac Psychology
University of Southern Denmark
Susanne S. Pedersen is Head of Department, and Professor of Cardiac Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, and also affiliated with the Department of Cardiology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark. Her research focuses on the interplay between psychology and cardiology (heart and mind), with emphasis on the psychosocial consequences of heart disease and its treatment on patient-reported outcomes and prognosis, the role of the patient’s psychological profile on health outcomes, and how to optimize patient information provision and treatment using a multi-disciplinary approach, including e-health and ICT solutions. She has authored or co-authored more than 190 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals and contributed to several chapters on the interplay between psychological factors and heart disease, e.g. the ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2nd edition, 2009; 3rd edition, 2017; Heart and Mind, the Practice of Cardiac Psychology, 2nd edition, 2011; and Percutaneous Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine – the PCR-EAPCI textbook, 2012 & 2016.

Dr Rolf Gomes
Founder of Heart Of Australia
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 because…as he would say… “I 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 life”. So he went back to wiping down coffee tables for another four years and eventually graduated from Medicine…and later Cardiology. Rolf was instantly attracted to Cardiology because … “in essence…the heart is just like a pump…it’s got plumbing, valves and electrics…also…obstetrics scared the hell out of me and the other stuff was just too hard!” Rolf recognised early what might be possible by mobilising healthcare technology. Perhaps this was his Engineering background resurfacing….by combining the dictum of medicine which is to “prolong life and ease suffering” with the mantra of engineers which is to “make things happen”, and with the aid of like-minded organisations and colleagues, Rolf was finally able to realise his vision – to bring services…many which people in the city take for granted….to the bush. Close to 6 years after taking the first step…and going down many dry gullies…on the 3rd of October 2014 Heart of Australia was launched. What has been achieved since is nothing short of amazing.


Professor Gerald Watts
Professor Gerald Watts trained at Imperial and King’s Colleges, London University, United Kingdom. He is a senior consultant physician, specializing in cardiometabolic medicine, and current chair of The Familial Hypercholesterolaemia – Australasia Network. He is the clinical lead of Cardiometabolic Services in the Department of Cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital and is Professor of Cardiometabolic Medicine in the University of Western Australia. Research interests include lipid disorders, obesity and cardiovascular prevention, and clinical interest focuses on delivering improved health care for high risk dyslipidemias. He has authored over 500 published works and is on the editorial board of Atherosclerosis, Clinical Science, Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Lipidology, and Current Opinion in Lipidology.