Fellows 1956

Exordium - Eric Gandevia



Name: Betty Brenda Spinks

MB BS, Melbourne, 1943
DA, Melb, 1946

Date of Birth: 2 March 1920
Date of Death: 6 October 2012

Betty Brenda Spinks split her schooling between Melbourne and London. In 1943 she graduated from the University of Melbourne, MB BS and, in 1946 she passed the first part of the Diploma of Anaesthesia.

For the first decade of her career, Spinks held a number of positions, including Royal Hobart Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, Fairfield Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital. In 1954, Spinks moved to England where she held appointments at King’s College Hospital, Hillingdon Hospital Middlesex, and performed locum duties at a number of other London hospitals.

On her return to Melbourne she took up the position of anaesthetic registrar at the Queen Victoria Women’s Hospital, concurrently with work in private practice and, in 1955, was the anaesthetic registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Spinks concluded her career at the Footscray and District Hospital (now Western General Hospital), and also administered anaesthesia at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Clinic, while maintaining her own private practice.

Obituary, ANZCA Bulletin, March 2013; Form of Proposal for Nomination to Fellowship, 1956.

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