Browse Entries

Biographical entry Holland, Ross Beresford (1928 - 2017)

AM

Born
1 December 1928
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Died
25 February 2017
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Anaesthetist

Summary

Ross Henderson was one of Australia's leading anaesthetists and made significant contributions to the safe practice of anaesthesia. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of what is now known as the Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia (SCIDUA) by the New South Wales Government. The reports of this Committee had an impact of the practice of anaesthesia world-wide. Henderson served on this committee for over 50 years, including as Chairman from 1975 to 1987. In addition he was involved in a number of committees related to hospital standards. He was active in professional organisations, being Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetics of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, from 1984 to 1986, and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists from its foundation in 1992.

Details

Events

1952 -
Education - MB BS, University of Sydney
1952 - 1953
Career position - Resident Medical Officer, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
1954 - 1957
Career position - Medical Officer, Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney
1956 - 2017
Career position - Member, Australian Society of Anaesthetists
1959 - 1992
Career position - Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1959 - 2013
Career position - Founder and Member, Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia, New South Wales Government
1959 - 2013
Career position - Anaesthetist (later Senior Specialist in Charge), Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney
1960 - 1975
Career position - Secretary, Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia (SCIDUA)
1968 - 1978
Career position - Senior Specialist-in-Charge Anaesthesia Services, New South Wales Department of Public Health
1968 - 1978
Career position - Director, Department of Anaesthesia, Lidcombe Hospital, New South Wales
1968 - 1987
Career position - Tutor and Lecturer in anaesthesia, University of Sydney
1973 - 1986
Career position - Chairman, Medical Materials and Standards Board, Standards Association Australia
1974 - 1983
Career position - Founding Council Member, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
1975 - 1987
Career position - Chairman, Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia (SCIDUA)
1976 - 1988
Career position - Board Member, Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1978 - 1987
Career position - Director, Department of Anaesthetics and Resuscitation, Westmead Hospital, New South Wales
1981 - 1983
Career position - Chairman, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
1981 - 2013
Career position - Honorary Secretary, Society for the Preservation of Artefacts of Surgery and Medicine
1984 - 1986
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Anaesthesia, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1984 - 2008
Career position - Foundation Member, International Committee for the Prevention of Anaesthetic Morbidity and Mortality
1987 - 1990
Career position - Foundation Professor of Anaesthesiology, University of Hong Kong
1987 - 2013
Career position - Member, Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia (SCIDUA)
1987 - 2017
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Anaesthesia, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1988 - 2007
Career position - Founding Member, Australian Patient Safety Foundation
1988 - 2017
Career position - Member of the Court of Honour, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
1990
Career position - Fellow, Hong Kong College of Anaesthetists
1990 - 1993
Career position - Professor and Chair, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Newcastle and John Hunter Hospital, New South Wales
1990 - 1995
Career position - Member, Therapeutic Device Evaluation Committee, Therapeutic Goods Administration
1991 - 1998
Career position - Member, Australian Cases Committee, Medical Defence Union, United Kingdom
1992
Award - Orton Medal, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
1992 - 2013
Career position - Member, Anaesthetic Mortality Committee
1992 - 2017
Award - Fellow, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
1993 - 1996
Career position - Clinical Consultant, Australian Hospital Care Study
1996 - 2015
Career position - Chairman, History of Anaesthesia Library, Museum and Archives Committee, Australian Society of Anaesthetists
1997 - 2004
Career position - Visiting Anaesthetist, St John of God Hospital, Richmond, New South Wales
1997 - 2008
Career position - Consultant, Clinical Excellence Commission, New South Wales
2000 - 2009
Career position - Chair, History of Anaesthesia and Resuscitation Special Interest Group, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
2003
Award - Honorary Fellow, Medical Defence Union, United Kingdom
2004 - 2009
Career position - Official Visitor, Mental Health A.C.T.
2004 - 2013
Career position - Consultant, Clinical Excellence Commission, New South Wales Ministry of Health
2006
Award - Gold Medal, Australian Council of Health Care Standards
2007 - 2017
Award - Life Member, Australian Patient Safety Foundation
2008 - 2009
Career position - Chairman, Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia
2009
Award - Gilbert Brown Award, Australian Society of Anaesthetists
2009 - 2017
Career position - Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine
2010
Award - Clinical Excellence Commission Lifetime Achievement Award
2013
Career position - Chairman, Organising Committee, 8th International Symposium of the History of Anaesthesia, Sydney
2013 - 2017
Career position - Patron, Society for the Preservation of Artefacts of Surgery and Medicine
2015
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine in the discipline of anaesthesia as a clinician, to healthcare standards, and to professional medical bodies

Related Corporate Bodies

Helen Cohn