Fellows from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will be
participating in this year's ANZAC Day Dawn Service in remembrance
of those who have served and who are still serving our country
during conflict and crisis.
Victorian Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Director for Surgery
and Perioperative Services for RAAF, Dr Annette Holian,
FRACS will be giving the Dawn Service address on ANZAC Day
at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. She will talk about
bravery, courage and the effects that service has on family as well
as supporting girls to explore their abilities, and the need for
kindness, understanding and employment for our returned
Adelaide General Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor,
Department of Surgery, University of Adelaide Susan
Neuhaus, FRACS will provide the Dawn Service address at
the Australian war Memorial in Canberra on ANZAC Day.
Dr Annette Holian, FRACS
Dr Holian holds the rank of Group Captain and has ceremonial
duties as a Governor of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. She
is the first female to graduate from the Victorian Orthopaedic
training program in 1990, and practiced initially at Monash Medical
Centre with specialization in Paediatric orthopaedics.
She joined the RAAF in 2000, and subsequently shifted towards
Trauma Surgery from where she was able to help lead development in
Australia's civilian disaster response capability.
She has undertaken five deployments to war zones including three
tours in Afghanistan. Her career has shifted focus over time, but
has always been directed at improving access to surgery for those
in need, whether they be children or adults with disabilities,
trauma victims, people who live in remote areas, military members,
civilians caught up in conflict or victims of a natural
Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus, FRACS
Associate Professor Neuhaus's 20 year career includes both
Regular Army and Army Reserve service. Her operational experience
includes deployments to Cambodia, Bougainville and Afghanistan.
She was promoted to Colonel in 2008 and her military service was
recognised with the award of the Conspicuous Service Cross in the
2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Susan remains actively involved in veteran's health issues and
holds the position of Associate Professor, Conflict Medicine at the
University of Adelaide.
Surgeons in Conflict display examines the role of surgeons in
Korea, Vietnam, East Timor and Afghanistan. Korea is sometimes
considered the 'forgotten war' but those who served remember the
difficult conditions, exacerbated by the rugged terrain and
A number of civilian military teams from Australia and New
Zealand went to Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s - these complemented
the army medical teams.
The display also looks at RACS Councillor, Annette Holian's
experiences in East Timor and Afghanistan and incorporates current
surgical projects in SE Asia.