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Past meetings

Several videos of past meetings (indicated by ) are available by request. Please contact the Secretary, who may be able to provide a link.

Many past presentations may also be viewed (in person, by special arrangement) at the State Library of South Australia. Please consult their catalogue for a list of available items.

Table of past meetings.
Date Speaker Topic Video Venue
27/06/2024 Dr David Close "A Brief History Of Ear, Nose And Throat Surgery In South Australia" Dulwich Community Centre
23/05/2024 Emeritus Professor Doug McEvoy "Sleep Medicine In South Australia" Dulwich Community Centre
25/04/2024 - No meeting -
28/03/2024 Emeritus Professor Peter Reilly AO "Anatomist: Frederick Wood Jones (1879 - 1954)" Dulwich Community Centre
22/02/2024 Emeritus Professor Roger Byard AO Why Is ‘Forensics’ So Different? Dulwich Community Centre
23/11/2023 Dr Randal Williams Dr R. J. Last: Anatomist & Surgeon Royal Society Rooms
26/10/2023 Prof. Sarah Robertson The History and Advances in Immune Regulation of Fertility and Pregnancy Royal Society Rooms
28/09/2023 Dr Philip Allen From Biblical Scholar to Blackbirder: Adelaide's First Pathologist Royal Society Rooms
24/08/2023 Dr Penny Paton AM The Curious J. B. Cleland: Medico and Polymath Royal Society Rooms
27/07/2023 Prof. Helen Marshall Vaccinology in South Australia Royal Society Rooms
22/06/2023 Professor Robert Penhall The Development of Geriatric Services in South Australia Royal Society Rooms
25/05/2023 Colonel Bruce Perks RMO@War: Medical Aspects Royal Society Rooms
27/04/2023 Prof. David Wattchow OAM As the Twig is Bent, So Grows the Tree Royal Society Rooms
23/03/2023 Dr David Scrimgeour AM Historical Aspects of Health Service Delivery in Remote South Australia Royal Society Rooms
23/02/2023 Prof. Tom Gordon A rogue antibody and the mystery behind clotting disorders in Covid vaccination Royal Society Rooms
09/12/2022 Susie Herzberg Building the Overland Telegraph Line 1870 - 1872: A 21st Century Perspective Royal Society Rooms
24/11/2022 Prof John Crompton Dr David Crompton AO and His Battle to Ensure All Eye Drops Are Sterile Royal Society Rooms
27/10/2022 Dr Jacqueline Jepson Professor R. P. Jepson Royal Society Rooms
22/09/2022 Dr Graham Ellender Wine and Medicine in Australia Royal Society Rooms
25/08/2022 Dr James Muecke AM Blinded - The Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic Royal Society Rooms
28/07/2022 A/Prof. Steve Milanese The History Of Manual Therapy And Adelaide's Unique Role Royal Society Rooms
23/06/2022 Prof. Rob Norman History and aspects of the development of IVF Royal Society Rooms
26/05/2022 - No meeting Royal Society Rooms
28/04/2022 Dr Sam Costello An Historical Perspective Of The Gut Microbiota Royal Society Rooms
24/03/2022 Professor Michael Horowitz The incretin effect - backwards and forwards Royal Society Rooms
24/02/2022 Professor Paul Sendziuk Australia's Response to HIV/AIDS Royal Society Rooms
10/12/2021 Professor Glenn McCulloch The Origins of Neurosurgery in South Australia Living Choice Retirement Village
25/11/2021 Professor Peter Roberts-Thomson Books, Libraries and a Physician's Private Collection (with a medical emphasis) Royal Society Rooms
28/10/2021 Professor Philip Payton Repatriation During and After WW1 Royal Society Rooms
23/09/2021 Mrs Maggi Boult Epilepsy in the South Australian Lunatic Asylums Royal Society Rooms
26/08/2021 Dr James Muecke AM A Personal Experience. Royal Society Rooms
22/07/2021 - No meeting Royal Society Rooms
24/06/2021 Prof. Caroline McMillen AO The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters Royal Society Rooms
27/05/2021 Dr Jim Tulloch AM 45 years of International Public Health Royal Society Rooms
22/04/2021 Associate Professor Robert Bauze Bonesetting, Barossa Valley & early South Australian Orthopaedics Royal Society Rooms
25/03/2021 Associate Professor Ross Haslam Neonatology - Lessons Learned from Conception to Adult Life Royal Society Rooms
25/02/2021 Dr Roy Scragg AM OBE Sailors, Christianity, Florey; The Pandemics: Gonococcal, Human, Coronavirus Royal Society Rooms
11/12/2020 Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus A Stretcher on the Somme ... A South Australian Story Royal Society Rooms
26/11/2020 - No meeting Royal Society Rooms
22/10/2020 Professor Margaret Davy, AM Gynaecological Oncology Royal Society Rooms
24/09/2020 Professor Guy Maddern, AO Hospital vs University: 125 years on, has anything changed? Royal Society Rooms
27/08/2020 - No meeting. Royal Society Rooms
23/07/2020 - No meeting. Royal Society Rooms
25/06/2020 - No meeting. Royal Society Rooms
28/05/2020 - No meeting. Royal Society Rooms
23/04/2020 - No meeting. Royal Society Rooms
26/03/2020 - No meeting. Royal Society Rooms
27/02/2020 Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan, AO "Advances in reproduction over 200 years, as illustrated by the British and Australian Royal families: from Princess Charlotte to Queen Camilla" Royal Society Rooms
19/12/2019 Dr Tom Turner "Peripatetic perambulation: Wistful wandering through the wilderness of AMA (SA) History" Royal Society Rooms
28/11/2019 Prof. Gary Wittert "The obesity & chronic disease epidemic of the 21st century: Why haven't we learned a lesson from scurvy?" Royal Society Rooms
24/10/2019 Dr. Pauline Payne "The 19th Century Adelaide Botanic Gardens & Health Of South Australians" Royal Society Rooms
26/09/2019 Prof. Christopher Burrell "100th Anniversary of "Spanish flu", the 1918-19 influenza pandemic" Royal Society Rooms
22/08/2019 Dr Fred Gilligan "Hazards, Horses, and Helicopters" Royal Society Rooms
25/07/2019 Prof. Eric Gowans "The history of vaccines - an Australian perspective" Royal Society Rooms
27/06/2019 Prof. Sandy McFarlane "From Moral Inferiority to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder" Royal Society Rooms
23/05/2019 Dr Clive Pay "The remarkable Both brothers: unsung inventors" Royal Society Rooms
25/04/2019 - No meeting
28/03/2019 Dr Tony Swain "Painless Surgery: The evolution of anaesthesia in SA and beyond" Royal Society Rooms
28/02/2019 Dr Emma McEwin "Nancy Atkinson OBE: pioneer bacteriologist at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science & University of Adelaide" National Council of Women
07/12/2018 Dr Robert Foreman "Vascular Surgery" National Council of Women
22/11/2018 Prof. Peter Reilly "Neurosurgery in Developing Nations" Royal Society Rooms
25/10/2018 Dr Peter Byrne "History of General Burston and some outstanding WWII Australian Military Medical Officers" Royal Society Rooms
27/09/2018 Prof. Max Kamien "The Francis Hardey Faulding Research Memorial Prize for research in Australian General Practice, 1964-1999: a South Australian initiative" Royal Society Rooms
23/08/2018 Dr. Brian Brophy "Douglas Mawson and the far east Antarctic journey, 1911-1914" Royal Society Rooms
26/07/2018 Dr Chris Lease "History, influence & impact of Environmental Science on Health" Royal Society Rooms
28/06/2018 Dr Janet Scott "From Hieroglyphics to CADCAM" Royal Society Rooms
24/05/2018 Mr David Buob "Myles Flynn: A criminal, lunatic & alcoholic who unknowingly changed SA for the better" Royal Society Rooms
26/04/2018 Dr Graeme McLeay "The History and Influence of Climate Change on Health" Royal Society Rooms
22/03/2018 Prof Annette Summers "Blood, Sweat and Fears I & II: Researching the military service of South Australian Medical Practitioners 1914-1918 & 1945-1975" Royal Society Rooms
22/02/2018 Dr Peter Kreminski "Otto Nichterlein MA MD, polymath: athlete, musician, horticulturalist, linguist and lecturer in English literature" Royal Society Rooms
23/11/2017 Dr Jeff Nicholas Behind the streets of Adelaide National Council of Women
23/11/2017 Helen Stagg "Medical care: Harnessing the River Murray" Royal Society Rooms
26/10/2017 Dr. Peter Last "Architectural follies of the old RAH: 1920-60" Royal Society Rooms
28/09/2017 Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan "Cerebral Palsy: From Changeling babies and Witches, through "Birth Asphyxia" and lawyers, to the lottery of genetic variation" Royal Society Rooms
24/08/2017 Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson "History and relevance of water fluoridation" Royal Society Rooms
27/07/2017 Professor Grant Townsend "Teeth and faces of twins" Royal Society Rooms
22/06/2017 Mr. Jeff Seidel "Mosquitoes" Royal Society Rooms
25/05/2017 Dr John Crowhurst "The Legacy of the Anaesthesia Events at Pearl Harbor, 7th December, 1941" Royal Society Rooms
27/04/2017 Dr David Close "Robert Henry Pulleine, 1869-1935: Naturalist, Ornithologist, Botanist, Entomologist, Anthropologist, Otolaryngologist" Royal Society Rooms
23/03/2017 Dr Janet Scarfe "Puss Campbell's Great Adventure: WWII diaries & photos of a South Australian army nurse" Royal Society Rooms
23/02/2017 Prof. Ian Roberts-Thomson "History of peptic ulceration" Royal Society Rooms
24/11/2016 Emeritus Professor Max Kamien "Dr Count Lippay" Royal Society Rooms
27/10/2016 Dr Andris Dārziņš "Intruders or Colleagues? Latvian Medicos in SA" Royal Society Rooms
22/09/2016 Dr Caroline Adams and Ms Kathy Devonshire-Gill "Nothing New Under the Sun" Royal Society Rooms
25/08/2016 Dr Leo Mahar "The Development of Interventional Cardiology" Royal Society Rooms
28/07/2016 Dr Robert Goldney Who was Aubrey Lewis? Royal Society Rooms
23/06/2016 Dr Tony Slavotinek Sir James Rupert Magarey and the Kakoda Trail Royal Society Rooms
26/05/2016 Adj A/Prof James Hawkins AM Damn the Dardanelles Royal Society Rooms
28/04/2016 Mr Robert George 100th anniversary: Braggs' Nobel Prize Royal Society Rooms
24/03/2016 Dr John Brydon Resmed & Sleep Apnoea - A medical industry success story Royal Society Rooms
25/02/2016 Dr Tony Swain Sir Raphael West Cilento MD LLB: Soldier, Medical researcher, and Administrator Royal Society Rooms
11/12/2015 Dr Peter Psaltis Overview of research at SAHMRI Royal Society Rooms
26/11/2015 Mrs. Joy Copland Hepatitis C in South Australia: Twenty Years of Surveillance. Royal Society Rooms
22/10/2015 Dr Roy Scragg Florey's Flood - Antibiotics and Population. Royal Society Rooms
24/09/2015 Dr Caroline Adams World War 1 Nurses — Not the ANZAC Girls. Royal Society Rooms
27/08/2015 Dr Joe Verco The Role of the Verco Family in the History of Medicine in SA. Royal Society Rooms
23/07/2015 Dr. David Thomas The History of the Introduction of Laboratory Automation in SA. Royal Society Rooms
25/06/2015 Prof Glyn Jamieson The Weird and Wacky in Medicine - A Thing of the Past. Royal Society Rooms
28/05/2015 Dr Greg Otto History and Development of Laparoscopic Surgery Royal Society Rooms
23/04/2015 Dr. Tony Slavotinek From Herophilus to Langerhans to Banting — Early Anatomy and Physiology of the Pancreas Royal Society Rooms
26/03/2015 Dr David Grove Two Tales of Tapeworm. Lice and Prions - A Compendium of Unpleasant Disease. Royal Society Rooms
26/02/2015 Dr. Brendon Coventry Therapies for Advanced Cancer: The Story of History Repeating Itself Royal Society Rooms
11/12/2014 Dr. John Setchell Early Days of the Royal Flying Doctors Service Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide
27/11/2014 Ossie Petrucco A Migrant Experience from Bonagila to IVF Royal Society Rooms
23/10/2014 Dr. Chris Hughes Medical Eponyms Royal Society Rooms
25/09/2014 Prof. Peter Roberts-Thomson Tasmanian Aborigines: The Effect of Introduced Disease on Depopulation Royal Society Rooms
28/08/2014 Prof. Donald Simpson Hugh Cairns Royal Society Rooms
24/07/2014 Prof. David David Craniofacial Unit Royal Society Rooms
26/06/2014 Dr Colin Twelftree Vietnam: 1957 and 2007 Royal Society Rooms
22/05/2014 Mrs. Joy Copland Lessons Learnt from the First Crimean War Royal Society Rooms
24/04/2014 Mr. David Buob SA Nobel Prize Winners Royal Society Rooms
27/03/2014 Dr. Tony Slavotinek Gus Frankel Royal Society Rooms
27/02/2014 Anthony and Robin Radford The Great Chinchona Robbery Royal Society Rooms
12/12/2013 Lindl Lorton Life and Death Under Sail Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide
28/11/2013 Dr Toby Coates Renal Transplantation Royal Society Rooms
24/10/2013 Dr. Roy Scragg Columbus, Windies and the British Disease Royal Society Rooms
26/09/2013 Dr. Anne Hamilton-Bruce Neurophysiology Royal Society Rooms
22/08/2013 Dr. Joan Durdin The Great Matron Dispute Royal Society Rooms
25/07/2013 Mr. David Buob and Mrs. Joy Copland The Torrens Island Quarantine Station Royal Society Rooms
27/06/2013 Dr. Tony Slavotinek A Virtual Museum Update; Professor Archie Watson, and Early Microscopes Found In SA Royal Society Rooms
23/05/2013 Dr. Anthony Radford Kuru Royal Society Rooms
28/02/2013 Dr. Lothar Hoff Parkside Mental Hospital, 1954 to 1963 Royal Society Rooms
07/12/2012 Dr. Ross Philpot Medical Matters and Sherlock Holmes NCW House
22/11/2012 Dr. Toby McLeay Memories of working with Aboriginal communities in SA and the NT. Royal Society Rooms
25/10/2012 Dr. Martin Copland Medicine Twixt Man and Animals Royal Society Rooms
27/09/2012 Prof. Chris Doecke The History of Pharmacy at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Royal Society Rooms
23/08/2012 Dr. John Smith Antarctic Medicine Royal Society Rooms
26/07/2012 Prof Wayne Sampson Dr Begg - Father of Orthodontics - The Man Behind the Smile on Teenage Faces Royal Society Rooms
28/06/2012 Dr Brian Fotheringham A Walk Through the WACH Royal Society Rooms
24/05/2012 Prof Peter Roberts-Thomson 200 Years of Rheumatology in SA Royal Society Rooms
26/04/2012 Dr Tony Slavotinek
Prof Donald Simpson
Professor Gus Fraenkel - Founder of Flinders Medical Centre
Listerian Principles in the Management of Brain Abscess
Royal Society Rooms
22/03/2012 Dr Bill Lawson The Talented Dr. Richard S. Rogers (1861-1942.) Royal Society Rooms
23/02/2012 Mrs. Joy Copland Frank Fenner - Virologist Royal Society Rooms
15/12/2011 Dr Carol Fort William Wyatt - Medical Pioneer SA Science Exchange
24/11/2011 Dr Chris Hughes 50 Years of Medical Memories Royal Society Rooms
27/10/2011 Mr David Buob History of the Glenside Hospital Royal Society Rooms
22/09/2011 Dr Audrey Kent The Leeds Public Dispensary, 1824-1887 Royal Society Rooms
25/08/2011 Dr Ral Antic History of TB in Australia Royal Society Rooms
28/07/2011 Mr. Robert Laidlaw Dr. William Home Popham GP, Gawler, 1850 Royal Society Rooms
23/06/2011 Dr. John McIntyre
50 Years of Change in Dentistry Royal Society Rooms
26/05/2011 Dr. John Rice The History and Development of the Bionic Ear Royal Society Rooms
28/04/2011 Dr Donald Beard Three Members of a Family in World War I Royal Society Rooms
28/04/2011 Prof Donald Simpson The Achievements of Leonard Lindon Royal Society Rooms
24/03/2011 Dr Tony Slavotinek RP Jepson: Foundation Professor of Surgery Royal Society Rooms
24/03/2011 Dr Michael Patkin The SAMHS website and Virtual Gallery Royal Society Rooms
24/02/2011 Dr Robert Cooter Ceduna Health Services Royal Society Rooms
18/11/2010 Prof. Donald Simpson The Pineal Gland - Confusion and Error Royal Society Rooms
28/10/2010 Dr. Sven Kuusk Visit to SA Military Museum Keswick Military Museum
23/09/2010 Dr. Chris Verco First Stationary Military Hospital on Lemnos Royal Society Rooms
22/07/2010 Dr. Tony Slavotinek and Dr. Michael Patkin SAMHS Website and Virtual Museum The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
17/06/2010 Prof. Maciej Henneberg Ancient Medicine Findings from the Pompeii Archaeological Site Royal Society Rooms
20/05/2010 Fiona Khor History of Chemotherapy and Development of Oncology Drugs The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
22/04/2010 Dr. Joan Durdin
History of  Nursing in SA The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
18/03/2010 Prof. Suzanne Miller, Director, SA Museum.
Creating Collections The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
18/02/2010 Dr Colin Moore, ophthalmologist Cataract surgery in my professional lifetime  
17/09/2009 Dr Robert Cooter, retired General Practitioner. “Dr. Phoebe Chapple – Her Life Story”.

This remarkable woman served in front-line trenches providing medical services in World War One, was awarded the Military Medal, and returned to a full medical life in Adelaide.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
17/09/2009 General meeting of the Society - report    
27/05/2009 History Week, presented by the History Societies of hospitals in Adelaide and a number of individual members of the SAMHS (in conjunction with Society of History of Ideas, Technology and Science) Staff dining room Glenside Campus
30/04/2009 Prof Wayne Sampson Head of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Adelaide, Curator of the PR Begg Museum History of Dentistry in South Australia – early days  
26/02/2009 Prof Bob Goldney
Professor and Head of Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide
Glenside Hospital: an historical perspective including its role in the treatment of Depression The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28/08/2008 Robert George (President of ISRRT) "The Role of the Braggs in development of x-rays in South Australia and the Royal Institution" Hayward Room Public Schools Club (Bragg House) 207 East Terrace, Adelaide (city)
21/07/2008 (1) Ms Linda Wurfel "The Dust Museum in Amsterdam' Board Room of the Womens and Childrens Hospital

21/07/2008 (2) Dr. Michael Patkin "Wellcome" - The Real and Virtual Museum' Board Room of the Womens and Childrens Hospital
10/06/2008 Alvis Jaunzems "Light & Electron Microscopy, History & Advances" Histopathology Dept. Adelaide Childrens' Hospital
21/05/2008 History Week Exhibition (in conjunction with Society of History of Ideas, Technology and Science)
27/03/2008 Dr Robert Cooter "Air Doctors of South Australia ( Bush Church Aid Port Augusta and BCA Ceduna Society) RFDS' The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
01/01/2008 TODO: get real dateDonald Beard FRACS "Reminiscences of Sir Henry Newland"
07/12/2007 Dr Toby Coates "Renal Dialysis and Transplants early days and present" Calvary Hospital
14/08/2007 Dr Thomas Stevenson "History of Orthopaedic Surgery in South Australia" The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
19/07/2007 Dr Peter Last "Repatriation Hospitals" Repatriation Hospital - Daws Road, Daw Park
23/05/2007 History Week Display "Then & now in Medicine" Glenside Campus
27/02/2007 Dr Richard Brock "The Life & achievements of Howard Florey" The Florey Clinic, 3 Pulsford Road, Prospect
22/01/2007 Dr Brian Fotheringham Heraldry of the Coat of Arms of the Adelaide Childrens' Hospital" Mr Graham Truman (host) at Samuel Way Building, Women & Childrens' Hospital
21/11/2006 Dr Robert Cooter "Amoebic Meningitis in Port Augusta & Environs" Pharmaceutical Society of Australia - 149, Greenhill Road, Unley
17/07/2006 Mr Paul McLarkin "Design & Manufacture of glass eyes" Calvary Hospital
01/09/2005 TODO: get real dateDr. W.R. Fuller A History of General Anaesthesia - the first 100 Years