Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stroke Team Leads the Way; Nambour Unit Leader Passionate about the Career Path He Almost Didn't Follow

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stroke Team Leads the Way; Nambour Unit Leader Passionate about the Career Path He Almost Didn't Follow

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WHEN he was growing up, Rohan Grimley thought he would follow in his father's footsteps and study engineering.

"I did work experience with my dad and I didn't like it; I just wasn't interested in anything mechanical," he said.

Then when he was in Year 12, he watched his uncle, an ENT surgeon, in theatre performing a rhinoplasty.

"I was hooked!" he said.

Now a doctor for more than 25 years, Dr Grimley is a senior medical officer with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, and a passionate stroke physician and geriatrician.

After a four-year internship at Mackay, he rotated around Brisbane hospitals to do his specialist training and spent two years as a registrar at Nambour General Hospital.

"I started in geriatrics and acute medicine. I always liked the holistic and multi-disciplinary team environment of geriatrics and rehabilitation," he said.

"I came to the Sunshine Coast to be a half-time geriatrician, half-time general physician.

"As time went on I could see the need for specialist stroke services and we didn't have a stroke unit in the health service, so I gradually began to develop the stroke unit here."

Dr Grimley helped set up the Queensland Stroke Clinical Practice Improvement Collaborative and has been chair of the group, now the Queensland Statewide Stroke Clinical Network, for 10 years.

He has been a part of amazing improvements in access to stroke unit care in Queensland and was named the 2015 Stroke Care Champion by the National Stroke Foundation in partnership with the Stroke Society of Australasia.

"I get a kick out of developing services," Dr Grimley said.

"I'm passionate about quality improvement. I love health care and I love people and patients. I love working in a team."

Stroke is one of Australia's biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. …

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