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Biographical entry Simpson, George (1899 - 1960)

OBE

Born
14 May 1899
Clifton, Victoria, Australia
Died
24 November 1960
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Summary

George Simpson was instrumental in establishing what is now known as the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. In 1927 after joining the Australian Inland Mission as a medical advisor he and his wife travelled around the Australian outback by car to determine their medical needs and services. Simpson's report of the poor facilities in the outback convinced the Australian Inland Mission to establish the Aerial Medical Service, which later became the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

After completing his medical degree at the University of Melbourne George Simpson worked as a resident at the Melbourne and Children's hospitals and at Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital in England. Next he did further studies at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, which is where he decided to specialize in obstetrics and gynaecology. Back in Melbourne in 1927 Simpson completed a diploma in his chosen field and joined the honorary staff at the Women's Hospital.

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1922
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1926 -
Career position - Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London
1927 -
Career position - Medical Advisor to the Australian Inland Mission
1928
Career position - First experimental flights of the Aerial Medical Service (Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia) established
1930 -
Career position - Honorary Obstetrician to the Antenatal Department of the Melbourne District Nursing Society
1932 -
Career position - Honorary staff member of the Women's Hospital in Melbourne
1933
Education - Diploma of Gynaecology and Obstetrics completed at the University of Melbourne
1935 -
Career position - Member of the British (Royal) College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
1936 -
Career position - Serving brother of the Order of St John of Jerusalem
1940 - 1944
Career position - Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve
1945 -
Career position - Secretary of the Victorian Bush Nursing Association
1951
Award - Fellow of the British (Royal) College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
1952 -
Career position - President of the Melbourne District Nursing Society (Service)
1957
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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