Information about the University of Auckland’s FMHS 50th Anniversary

As you may know, the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A number of our alumni are also members of AMHS and, as such, we wondered whether you might be able to promote some of our 50th anniversary events on your website?

Details are below, but if you require any additional information please don’t hesitate to contact me:

In 1968 the University of Auckland’s School of Medicine opened its doors to receive the first intake of 60 students. Since then the School has developed into the multidisciplinary FMHS and is delighted to be celebrating it’s milestone 50th anniversary with a series of events throughout 2018:

These events will offer a chance for alumni from each of the six schools that form FMHS to reconnect with former classmates, reflect on the extraordinary transformation that has taken place over the last 50 years and provide an opportunity to hear first-hand about the ongoing innovation in Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

For further information, please contact Ruth Thomas, FMHS Alumni Reunion Coordinator at r.thomas@auckland.ac.nz or on 09 923 1450

Best wishes,

RUTH THOMAS

FMHS ALUMNI REUNION COORDINATOR

FMHS Reunion Weekend 5, 6 and 7 October 2018

Telephone: 09 923 1450

Email: r.thomas@auckland.ac.nz

Alumni Relations and Development | University of Auckland

Private Bag 92019, Auckland | University House, 19A Princes Street, Auckland

 

 

 

 

Meeting – July 5 2018

Meetings of the Society
Auckland Medical History Society

 

 

 

 

The next meeting of the Auckland Medical History Society will be held in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library at Auckland City Hospital on

Thursday 5 July 2018

The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Refreshments will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Guest presentations*

PRESENTATIONS

  1. ‘Dr George Hatem: Ridding Mao’s China of venereal disease’              Presented by Prof Bruce Arroll
  1. ‘Life and times of the first female doctors in New Zealand’ Presented by Charlotte-Rose Rennie-Younger 

DINNER PRICES

  • Members: $32
  • Non-members and guests: $40
  • Students with ID: $18
  • Glass of wine: $5
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Table water and juice are complimentary.

Please pay for your dinner and wine vouchers in advance, then collect the vouchers with your name badge on the night of the dinner.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR DINNER BOOKINGS

  • Send the names of attendees to bookings@amhs.co.nz with confirmation that you have made payment to the Auckland Medical History Society account: 02 0160 0237509 00 via the internet, or cheque (made out to the Auckland Medical History Society) and sent to P E Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946  for dinner +/- wine vouchers.
  • If no e-mail access call Diane on 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number.
  • Final booking time:  Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 2 July 2018.  Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or email as above until noon on Weds 4 July 2018.  Please pay in advance of the evening so that we can pay our caterers before the event.

*Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Presenter – Bruce Arroll

Bruce was born in Auckland and attended Auckland Medical School 1973 to 1978. In 1981 he went to McMaster Medical School in Hamilton Ontario to do his family medicine training. He stayed in Canada for 7 years and returned to New Zealand and ultimately joined the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care where he is a Professor. He is also a partner in Greenstone Clinic in Manurewa and has a long-standing interest in Medical history

Abstract 

Dr Hatem travelled to Shanghai in 1933 and was appalled by the living conditions of many of the Chinese people. He considered going to the Spanish Civil war in 1936 but chose to stay in China and work with the, then relatively unknown, Red Army. He first met Mao on a clandestine trip to Yan’an with the journalist CP Snow. In the 1950s and 60s he developed programmes to “cure” China of leprosy and venereal disease. Like many intellectuals he had a difficult time during the Cultural Revolution and was very close to Rewi Alley from New Zealand who also experienced difficulty. Life became easier in the 1980s where his health work made him an international figure. The talk with include a few words from David Mahon a New Zealander who writes for the listener and has lived in Beijing for over 30 years.

Presenter – Charlotte-Rose Rennie-Younger 

Charlotte-Rose was born and grew up in Auckland as the eldest of three girls. In 2015 she completed the first year of the Biomedical science course and Science Scholars programme at The University of Auckland, before joining the MBChB Class of 2020. This year she is a fourth year student at Middlemore hospital and is thoroughly enjoying learning in the clinical environment. Outside of the four walls of the hospital she has been working towards improving her Te Reo Māori language skills and has a strong interest in art and literature.

Abstract

“She’s a Doctor.”
Wife, mother, aunty, sister, daughter…doctor? An investigation of the first female medical professionals in New Zealand and their experiences. We will then fast-forward 122 years to look at the life of the 21st century female doctor and what this means for the future of healthcare in New Zealand.

Meeting – June 7 2018

Meetings of the Society
Auckland Medical History Society

 

 

 

 

The next meeting of the Auckland Medical History Society will be held in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library at Auckland City Hospital on

Thursday 7 June 2018

The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Refreshments will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Guest presentations*

PRESENTATIONS

 

  1. Founders’ Lecture. ‘The Ernest and Marion Davis Library:  an interesting History’  Presented by Dr Jon Simcock
  2. ‘Practice makes perfect – what my patients taught me’  Presented by Dr Alex Biland 

DINNER PRICES

  • Members: $32
  • Non-members and guests: $40
  • Students with ID: $18
  • Glass of wine: $5
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Table water and juice are complimentary.

Please pay for your dinner and wine vouchers in advance, then collect the vouchers with your name badge on the night of the dinner.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR DINNER BOOKINGS

  • Send the names of attendees to bookings@amhs.co.nz with confirmation that you have made payment to the Auckland Medical History Society account: 02 0160 0237509 00 via the internet, or cheque (made out to the Auckland Medical History Society) and sent toE Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946  for dinner +/- wine vouchers.
  • If no e-mail access call Diane on 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number.
  • Final booking time, and cancellations: Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 4 June 2018.
  • *Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Presenter –  Jon Simcock

I attended Otago University from 1954, graduating B Med Sc in Neurophysiology in 1958 and completed the medical course in 1960, the final year being at Auckland Hospital.  I was employed by the Auckland Hospital Board as a house surgeon (1961-2) and registrar (1963-4), passing the MRACP examination in 1964 with the major benefit of the Marion Davis Library.  I then continued training in neurology in London, gaining the MRCP(London) in 1965 and working at St George’s Hospital and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases (Queen Square).

I returned to Auckland as full-time neurologist in 1968 and also provided a neurological service for both Northland and Taranaki, gradually reducing these commitments as other neurologists were appointed in Auckland. In 1971 I started 1/10 in private practice, retiring from Auckland Hospital in 2002 and from private practice in 2015.

I joined the Committee of Management of the Marion Davis Library in 1974 and became Chairman in 2004, following on from Kaye Ibbertson and in 2004 and passing the baton to Neil Anderson in 2015.

Abstract

In 1961 Sir Ernest Davis generously donated a modern up-to-date medical library to the Auckland Hospital Board in memory of his wife, Marion, for the use of doctors, dentists and veterinarians of Auckland. For the next decade, this was the main medical library in Auckland, servicing all of the Auckland hospitals. The library of the School of Medicine expanded during the 1970s and in 1980, the medical libraries were amalgamated to form a new (Philson) library. The Ernest and Marion Davis Library became a medical history library and postgraduate medical centre. Extensive renovations in 1980 included the provision of the downstairs lecture theatre, offices and dining facilities. By 2004 it was evident that the function of the building was inconsistent with the 1961 Trust Deed. After prolonged negotiations and planning, all parties agreed to extensive renovations, with this splendid building re-opening in April 2015 and named the Ernest and Marion Davis Library and Lecture Halls.

Presenter – Alex Biland

B.Sc physics Univ.NZ (Auckland College) M.B Ch.B Univ. Otago FRNZCG

Alex’s family is from Switzerland.  About 1929 after his parents emigrated from Switzerland Alex was conceived in NZ and then born 1931 in Basel Switzerland.  He was his mother’s first child and she was told by family that she had to return to Switzerland to deliver as there were no proper midwives in NZ.  Some years later during World War 11 we learned that some Kiwis had escaped from a POW camp in Northern Italy to become refugees. Then on foot they were able to move North unseen to the Alps and enter neutral Switzerland where they were allowed in as Refugees. It was there that by chance one older Kiwi became bonded with Alex’s paternal Grandfather in Zurich who looked after him. On return to NZ after the war this well-known Kiwi became Alex’s adopted Grandfather in Kiwiland who represented the real Grandfather on the other side of the world!

After completing secondary school Alex was unable to decide what to do so he chose to begin study for a B.Sc  degree  at  what  was  then  Auckland  University  College  where  he  majored  in  physics .  In the final year he was in the laboratory learning from (?) Millichan’s experiment in a cloud chamber to measure speed and collision angles to calculate electron mass.  He achieved the correct answer but could not understand how the experiment could do this!  It was then that Alex decided that he did not want to do this for the rest of his life and decided to jump ship and study medicine. The move from the precise thinking of physics and mathematics to the “woolly” thinking of medicine was a huge change for him.  However, he survived and graduated in medicine in 1957. He then searched for post graduate programmes in GP medicine but this was not possible, so he moved to Edinburgh to do the three month course in internal medicine without graduating. In 1961 he was able to take over a solo GP practice in Te Kauwhata which had been abandoned.  It was there that he purchased an ECG machine (with valves !).  During a routine practice review by a UKGP member Alex showed him the machine and he responded by saying: “God Help Me” !

In 1971 Alex moved to Hamilton to establish with three colleagues one of the first group practices in NZ.  In 1994 he retired from general practice to part -time roles in addiction medicine, first with the Salvation Army Bridge Programme and then with CADS on Auckland’s North Shore. In 2008 Alex fully retired to join the Board of Age Concern North Shore where he remains as a retired Chair person.

Abstract

This presentation entitled   “ Practice  makes  Perfect  what  my  Patients  taught  me “ will  be  entirely  verbal. The topics are mainly brief and either serious or humerus.  Thankyou everybody!