Welcome to Chiron 2017
It is my great pleasure to bring you the 2017 edition of Chiron, the Melbourne Medical School alumni magazine.
In Chiron, we acknowledge and applaud the achievements of just a few of the many talented alumni of the Melbourne Medical School and their service to our profession. As well as celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Austin Clinical School, in this edition of Chiron we mark the opening of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) with articles about the pioneers, new facilities, history and future of cancer research and treatment.
Professor Geoff McColl
Head, Melbourne Medical School
(MBBS 1985, PhD 1996)
Message from the Dean
Building on the past, towards a new strategic vision
Melbourne Medical School Student Ambassadors present a cancer symposium for students and alumni
Connecting the Alumni Community
Two MMS graduates are giving back to the University through service to the Alumni Council
University Strengthens Commitment to Reconciliation
Professor Ian Anderson moves to leadership role in Canberra, Professor Marcia Langton appointed Assistant Provost and Jason Glanville appointed as Program Director of Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity
Community Mentoring in Regional Victoria
A new program developed by the Melbourne Medical School rural clinical schools in Shepparton, Wangaratta, Ballarat and Bendigo pairs students who are studying in the area with non-medical volunteers to ease the students’ transition into the community and be a friendly local point of contact.
The Cancer Puzzle
In 2017 the Medical History Museum marks its 50th Anniversary and in July 2017 will open a new exhibition called The cancer puzzle: patterns, paradoxes and personalities.
Taking on Big Tobacco
Radiation oncologist, Dr Bronwyn King (MBBS 1999) is very familiar with caring for patients suffering from tobacco-related illness. The devastating impact of tobacco has always left a deep impression on her. In 2010, Dr King discovered that her superannuation fund included investment in the tobacco industry, she was compelled to act.
Outstanding Leadership Potential
Dr Garang Dut receives Roth/Segal John Monash Scholarship
Australia-China Alumni Awards
In 2016 Dr Yijia Li (PhD 2014) was awarded the AIDE Education Service—Young Australia China Alumni of the Year Award, in recognition of his dedication to the health and happiness of others through groundbreaking stem cell research.
The Class of '72 sets a standard for others to follow
In early 2017, at their 45-year reunion, the MBBS Class of 1972 officially launched the MBBS Class of 1972 Medical Student Scholarship to celebrate the outstanding contributions of their class members to the medical profession and to support the next generation of doctors coming through the Melbourne Medical School.
Honours | 2016
We pay tribute to many MMS alumni and staff, and members of the broader Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University community, whose outstanding contributions to their field and society were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2016.
Honorary Degrees and Awards
In 2016, the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences conferred the following honorary degrees and awards to distinguished academics for their exceptional contributions to their field and society.
Honours | 2017
We pay tribute to many MMS alumni and staff, and members of the broader Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University community, whose outstanding contributions to their field and society were recognised in the Australia Day Honours List in January 2017.
The New Frontier in Cancer Research
When the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) opened in July 2016 it heralded a new dawn for cancer treatment, research and collaboration.
Cataloguing the History of Cancer Treatment
Victoria’s first specialised cancer hospital, the Peter MacCallum Clinic, officially opened in 1950 in one room at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Hospital on Lonsdale Street.
Paying tribute to the lives of Melbourne Medical School alumni.
Review: Finding Sanity
The story of lithium is the remarkable story of the penicillin of mental health: without doubt it is Australia’s greatest mental health story.
Review: The Weaver's Son
Odyssey of an Australian surgeon by Donald W. Hossack
Review: A Heart Undivided
A Heart Undivided is as much about the development of women’s role in medicine as it is about the remarkable Vera Scantlebury Brown (MBBS 1914, MD1924).
Review: Honourable Healers
Social change in any realm is never easy. It takes remarkable effort by individuals and communities to achieve major shifts in a society’s values and institutions.
Review: Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry
A trusted introductory text for students of medicine and other health professions, including psychiatric nursing, psychology, social work and occupational therapy,