Name: Lillias Joan Dunn
MB BS, Qld, 1944
DA, RCP&S (London), 1951
Date of Birth: 18 April 1921
Date of Death: 30 January 2002
Lillias Joan Dunn, known as Joan, was born in Maryborough, Queensland on 18 April 1921. She went on to study medicine at the University of Queensland, graduating MB BS in 1944. With World War II raging, the medical degree had been compressed. Immediately following graduation, Dunn worked as a resident and senior resident in both Brisbane and Cairns, returning to Brisbane for the remainder of her career, apart from a brief period in England.
Dunn was the first woman in Queensland to gain higher qualifications in anaesthetics, completing the two part Diploma of Anaesthetics in England in 1951. In that same year, she was also appointed inaugural Supervisor of Anaesthetics at Brisbane Hospital. In 1954, with the establishment of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dunn was admitted to fellowship.
As well as her commitments at the Brisbane Hospital, Dunn was a consultant anaesthetist at the Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital, as well as a lecturer in anaesthetics at the University of Queensland. In 1954, she made the decision to enter private practice.
Obituary, ANZCA Bulletin, March 2002; The Handbook of the University of Queensland, 1951; University of Queensland archives; Form of Proposal for Nomination for Fellowship, 1956; Register of Fellows, 1952 – 1990.
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