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This year’s Annual Cocktail Party and Historical Address will be held on Sunday 16 June 2019. Our speaker will be Ms Robyn Fahy a PhD student at the University of Melbourne who is studying the remarkable life of St Vincent’s medical graduate and nun, Mary Glowrey. Robyn co-authored a short paper about Sr Glowrey in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2015 (Vol 203, no 11, pp 450-451). The title of her address is: ‘Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ, MBBS, 1910, MD 1919: Australia’s Second Saint?’

The event runs from 4.30pm to 8.00pm in Education and Learning, Third Floor, Building C (Healy Wing) at St Vincent’s Hospital.

For further information, please email Sue Mabilia (Susan.MABILIA@svha.org.au) or tel. 9231 2304.

The annual golf day was held at Green Acres Golf Club in Kew on Friday March 22 on a beautiful sunny day. The individual event was won by Dr David Olive, with the runner-up being Dr Ian Balson. David will now have his name on the Doyle/O’Sullivan Cup along with all the other winners since 1935. The win was very popular as David is a long-time supporter of the event and has been the event convenor for several years. David is pictured below alongside the Association’s stalwart administrator/secretary, Ms Sue Mabilia, who presented the Cup to him.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Doquile Perrett Meade Financial Services, St. Vincent’s Pathology, Zouki Catering and the St Vincent’s Senior Medical Staff Association, there were other prizes on offer. The best combined group score was won by the combination of Ian Balson, Bill Connell, Simon Jones and David Olive while Michael Yii won the straightest drive and one of the nearest the pin prizes. The second nearest the pin prize was won by Alex Poon.

We were delighted to see some of our younger members present and we thank St Vincent’s Hospital and their clinical supervisors for giving them the time off to participate in this wonderful event.

For all golfers, please note in your diary that the date for next year’s event is Friday 20th March 2020.

On Sunday afternoon, July 29, Alumni Association members and their guests enjoyed a superb presentation by historian, Dr Ann Westmore, on the life of Dr John Cade, the discoverer of lithium in the treatment of bipolar disorder. The sixty attendees also enjoyed catching up with old friends during the cocktail party that followed Dr Westmore’s talk. Dr Westmore is the co-author with Dr Greg de Moore of a biography of Dr Cade entitled 'Finding Sanity: John Cade, Lithium and the Taming of Bipolar Disorder' published by Allen and Unwin in 2016. It is available in good book shops so for those who could not attend the event we highly recommend the book to you.

At the Association’s Annual General Meeting in late February 2018, Dr Kerry Breen, stepped down after eight years of service as President and in his place Dr Bernadette Hickey was elected. A Monash graduate, Dr Hickey is a physician trained in respiratory medicine and intensive care medicine and has been on the Senior Medical Staff in the ICU at St Vincent’s Hospital since 1997. In 2015-2017 she served as Chairman of the Senior Medical Staff Association. She has played a number of other roles at St Vincent’s Public Hospital and at St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

The St Vincent’s Medical Alumni Association golf day was held in beautiful conditions on Friday 23 March. Numbers were up, with a field of 44 players, including 5 junior medical staff. The residents and registrars represent the future of this long-standing event, so we will continue to try to encourage their involvement. The Green Acres course was in great condition, and, as always, their staff looked after us very well both pre- and post-golf.
Congratulations to cardiac surgeon Michael Yii who won the individual Stableford competition with 41 points. Last year’s winner, Michael Westmore, had kindly had the perpetual trophy polished, so it should make a fine addition to Mr Yii’s mantelpiece for the next year. Aside from fame and glory, Michael also won a ClicGear golf cart. The runner-up was anaesthetist Andrew Wyss (on a count-back from retired gastroenterologist Kerry Breen) on 37 points.
The team competition was won by anaesthetists David Olive and Andrew Wyss, RMO Noni Harold and Peter Coleman from 3-Point Motors Mercedes who, between them, amassed 95 points.
The nearest-the-pin on the 9th was won by colorectal surgeon Jamie Keck, who took home a nice bottle of wine donated by DPM Financial Services. The NTP on the 11th was won by radiologist David Pryde, who won a "drive experience" at Sandown Racecourse, donated by 3-Point Motors Mercedes. The Straight Drive was won by cardiologist Nim Nadarajah who unleashed a 200m+ drive into a stiff wind that ended up only 6 inches off the line down the centre of the fairway. A business card draw sponsored by DPM was won by retired intensivist Ray Lanteri, who won a Garmin TruSwing analyser. We look forward to seeing the results of this trial when we collectively analyse Ray’s swing next year.
As in past years, St. Vincent’s administrative assistant Sue Mabilia was instrumental in the organising of the day, and our heartfelt thanks go out to her.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to our sponsors who allow us to offer complementary registration to junior doctors, as well as subsidising all other players. Our sponsors were Doquile Perrett Meade (DPM) Financial Services, St. Vincent’s Pathology, 3-Point Motors Mecedes and Zouki Catering.
This wonderful historic day has been an annual fixture on the St. Vincent’s Alumni calendar since 1935, aside from a few years during World War 11. We encourage all St. Vincent’s medical alumni to come along. There is nothing like personal communication to engender interest, so we implore all players from this year’s event to contact old friends and colleagues to get them along. In 2019, the golf day has been pencilled in for Friday 22 March. See you then, I hope!
David Olive, Convenor

We congratulate the following members of the St Vincent’s Hospital Medical Alumni who were awarded Australian honours on Australia Day, 2018:
Professor David William KISSANE AC
For eminent service to psychiatry, particularly psycho-oncology and palliative medicine, as an educator, researcher, author and clinician, and through executive roles with a range of national and international professional medical bodies.
Professor Suzanne Marie GARLAND AO
For distinguished service to medicine in the field of clinical microbiology, particularly to infectious diseases in reproductive and neonatal health as a physician, administrator, researcher and author, and to professional medical organisations.
Dr Katrina J R WATSON OAM
For service to medicine, particularly to gastroenterology.

Members of the Association are asked to note the date for the 2018 history talk and cocktail party which is Sunday, July 29th, 2018.
The topic will be “'John Cade: a notable physician-psychiatrist who used words well” and the presentation will be given by Dr Ann Westmore. Dr Westmore is an historian and biographer who holds an academic appointment at the University of Melbourne. She is the co-author of the biography “Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder”, published in 2016.

More information will be circulated to members two to three months ahead of the event.

Background: In cooperation with the Archives Department at St Vincent’s, the Medical Alumni Association is pleased to make the essays that have been awarded the Bryan Egan Memorial History Prize available on our website. 

The prize encourages the recording of St Vincent’s history from multiple perspectives with the goal of developing the source material available to the Archives, encouraging research and increasing knowledge.

It was established through a generous donation by the Egan family in memory of St Vincent’s alumnus and historian Dr Bryan Egan (1922-2008).   More recently the St Vincent’s Hospital Medical Alumni Association has donated funds to supplement the awards that can be made. 

The 2015 prize winners: In 2015 there were joint winners of the Bryan Egan Prize.  Reproduced here is the first of the two prize winning contributions for that year.