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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.
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.

The 2017 annual history talk and cocktail party held on July 30th was attended by sixty alumni and their guests. Associate Professor Stephen Schlicht gave an outstanding presentation on the topic of “One hundred years of medical imaging at St Vincent’s”. As is our custom, his talk and accompanying images will be passed on to the Archives Department.

This year, the venue was the Medical Education and Simulation Centre in the Healy Wing and attendees had the additional benefit of guided tours of this remarkable facility.

The topic, speaker and date for the 2018 event will be announced on the website before the end of the year.

The 2017 annual golf day was held at Greenacres Golf Club in Kew on Friday March 31. Once again the weather was kind to us and the course was in very good condition.  Thirty eight Association members participated. They enjoyed a great day with ample time to socialise with old friends both over lunch and at the dinner after golf.

The winner of the event and holder of Doyle-O’Sullivan silver cup for the next twelve months was Dr Michael Westmore with 44 stableford points.  For his great round he also won a golf bag. Runner-up prize winner with 42 points was Dr Ray Lanteri.

The prize for the group of four with the best total score went to Dr Nim Nadaraja, Dr Michael Yii, Dr Yee Chan and Dr Alex Poon. The nearest the pin prizes went to Dr David Olive (11th hole) and Dr Nim Nadaraja (17th hole) while the straightest drive prize went to Dr Alex Poon.

We thank our sponsors this year, Doquile Perrett Meade Financial Services (major sponsor) and St. Vincent’s Pathology (major sponsor) and Zouki Catering (minor sponsor) for their very generous support.

We also thank the staff at Greenacres who looked after our group extremely well, Association secretary Sue Mabilia who handled the advertising and registrations, and our golf day convenor Dr David Olive who organised the day superbly. 

The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held on Monday February 27, 2017. The committee elected for 2017 consists of Dr Kerry Breen, President, Dr Michael Davies, Secretary/Treasurer and Drs Jill Spargo, David Olive, Jacinta Mogg and Brendan de Morton as committee members. The Chair of the St Vincent's Senior Medical Staff Association is an ex-officio member.