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Brian Haldane Parker Heber MB BS, DObstRCOG

Brian Heber was born on 22 March 1929 in Finsbury Park, London, into a family of 13 doctors. His mother was widowed when Brian was 6. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to Christ’s Hospital School, West Sussex. On leaving, his classics master remarked to him that going into medicine would be a “waste of intellect”.

After National Service, Brian obtained an ex-serviceman’s grant to study medicine at King’s College London. On graduating in 1955, he was employed at St George’s Hospital, London, followed by a period as Medical Officer at Caterham Hospital, Surrey, from 1958 to 1964. In 1958, he met his future wife Janice, a trainee nurse. They migrated to Australia in 1964, and Brian took up a position as Registrar at Bundaberg Base Hospital, Queensland. In 1965, they moved to Mudgee, New South Wales, where Brian was Visiting Medical Officer at the district hospital and a general practitioner until his retirement in 1988. He continued to work part-time and conduct locums for some years after he retired.

In 1988, Brian underwent open-heart surgery. In response to the lack of postoperative advice and schedules of recommended exercise, he founded Heart Support Australia in 1990 and also became an avid cyclist. Brian’s other interests included woodwork, amateur…