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Biographical entry Collins, Archibald John (1890 - 1955)

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Born
19 June 1890
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Died
24 June 1955
Killara, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Physician

Summary

Archibald Collins was associated with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney for over 40 years, as physician and a Member of the Board from 1935 to 1955. He was a leading figure in the New South Wales Branch of the British Medical Association and ultimately served a 5-year term as President of the Federal body. During this time he played a central part of the long-running dispute between the medical profession and the Federal Government about the future of Australia's health services. With the establishment of the National Health Service Collins chaired two of its influential Advisory Committees. For many years he was Honorary Director and Consulting Physician to the New South Wales Division of the Australian Red Cross Society.

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Events

1913
Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
1914
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1915 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial F
1918
Award - Distinguished Service Order (DSO
1918
Award - Military Cross (MC)
1918 - 1955
Education - Member, British Medical Association
1920 - 1923
Career position - Superintendent, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1923 - 1934
Career position - Assistant Physician, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1923 - 1955
Career position - In private practice as consulting physician
1930 - 1955
Career position - Member of Council, New South Wales Branch, British Medical Association
1934
Career position - President, New South Wales Branch, British Medical Association
1934 - 1950
Career position - Physician, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1935 - 1950
Career position - Lecturer in Therapeutics, University of Sydney
1935 - 1955
Career position - Member, Board of Directors, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1937
Career position - New South Wales Branch Representative, Federal Council, British Medical Association
1938
Career position - Founding Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1939 - 1954
Career position - Member of the Senate, University of Sydney
1940 - 1950
Career position - Lecturer in Clinical Medicine, University of Sydney
1941 -
Career position - Consulting Physician, Royal Australian Navy
1945 - 1955
Career position - New South Wales Branch Representative, Federal Council, British Medical Association
1948
Career position - Vice-President, New South Wales Branch, British Medical Association
1950 - 1955
Career position - Consulting Physician, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1951 - 1955
Career position - President, Federal Council, British Medical Association
1955
Award - Knight Bachelor (Kt)

Published resources

Books

  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, 1988, 332 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Hunter, J. G., 'Archibald John Collins', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 1955, no. 2, 1955, pp. 266-8. Details

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