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Biographical entry Stanley, Fiona Juliet (1946 - )

AC, FAA, FFPHM, FAFPHM, FFCCH, FRAP, FRACOG, FASSA

Born
1 August 1946
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Paediatrician and Epidemiologist

Summary

Fiona Stanley is Founding Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, Western Australia, inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and Professor of Paediatrics, University of Western Australia. She is one of Australia's best regarded paediatricians and epidemiologists, and a major force behind improving health conditions in Australia's Aboriginal populations.

Details

Fiona Juliet Stanley moved to Perth with her family in 1956. After completing her secondary studies she took up medicine at the University of Western Australia. As part of her studies, she did a clinical post at the Aboriginal Clinic in East Perth. The poor health of many of the patients, especially the children, inspired Stanley to concentrate on paediatrics, epidemiology and public health. To further her knowledge and training, she worked in the UK and USA for six years, and completed a Masters degree at the University of London. Upon returning to Australia Stanley established research programs at the University of Western Australia and the Health Department of Western Australia. She also was instrumental in the creation of Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

Two of Fiona Stanley's most significant discoveries are that a maternal diet rich in folic acid can prevent spina bifida in babies and that cerebral palsy is not only the result of birth trauma. It may also be caused by other factors including infections or blood incompatibilities. Stanley is also recognised for her considerable contribution to Aboriginal maternal and child health in Western Australia. She has served on many scientific boards and has received many awards, including the Companion of the Order of Australia for her contribution to child and Aboriginal health and health research.

Events

1970
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Western Australia
1976
Education - Master of Science in Epidemiology (MSc) completed at the University of London
1976 - 1977
Career position - Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health, USA
1976 - 1988
Career position - Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians in the UK (MFPHM)
1978 - 1979
Career position - Senior Medical Officer in Child Health at the Health Department of Western Australia
1980 - 1988
Career position - Deputy Director of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Unit Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
1986
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Western Australia
1988 - 1990
Career position - Director of the NHMRC Research Unit Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
1989 -
Career position - Founding Director of the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (formerly the Western Australian Research Institute for Child Health)
1989
Career position - Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FFPHM) at the Royal College of Physicians, UK
1990 -
Career position - Professor of Paediatric sat the University of Western Australia
1991 -
Career position - Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Community Child Health (FFCCH)
1992
Career position - Chairman of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Board
1994 -
Career position - Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP)
1995 -
Career position - Fellow-ad-eundem of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists (FRACOG)
1996 -
Career position - Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA)
11 June 1996
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
1998
Education - Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc (Hon)) received from Murdoch University, Western Australia
2002 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
2002 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
2003
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government
2003
Award - Australian of the Year

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Biographical cuttings on Fiona Stanley, Dr., medical researcher, Cuttings Files BIOG; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Online Resources

See also

  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

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