Honorary Life Members

David Brender

On returning to Sydney from overseas in 1970 I was appointed a physician in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals and in 1972 appointed visiting physician at the Royal Hospital for Women, then on the Paddington campus. At the Royal my special interests were in the management of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy as well as maternal cardiac disease in pregnancy, especially adult congenital heart disease patients. I have continued my interest in these sub-specialties up to the present time.On resigning from the active staff of the above hospitals in 2005 I was appointed an Emeritus Consultant at both institutions and have continued in this capacity. I was a foundation member of ASSHP and served, at various times, on the executives of both the Federal and State Councils. I was also a foundation member of the Obstetric Medicine Society and have continued my involvement with these Societies following their amalgamation into SOMANZ. Membership of these Societies has facilitated and encouraged collaboration with clinical and research units here and overseas and contributed greatly to the advances we have made in the field of obstetric medicine. I am honoured to have been awarded Honorary Life Membership of SOMANZ, a vibrant society which has taken its place in and contributed significantly to the international obstetric medicine community, and I look forward to my continuing association with my peers.

William (Bill) Hague

Made in China, produced in Hong Kong and brought up in England, Bill Hague trained in medicine at Cambridge and St Thomas' Hospital, London. He had an unorthodox career path, obtaining both MRCP and MRCOG. His mentors included Professor Michael de Swiet. He was the first in the UK to receive accreditation in Endocrinology and Obstetric Medicine. He came to Adelaide for two years in 1988 as a Consultant Research Fellow and Clinical Senior Lecturer in O&G, opening the first obstetric medicine clinic at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital alongside the late Brian Pridmore. He stayed in Adelaide with further posts at the Queen Victoria Hospital, and in 1995 at the new Women's and Children's Hospital, where he and Mark Morton took on the new Obstetric Physician posts together. In 1992, he initiated OMGA at Leonard's Mill, SA with Michael de Swiet as the international speaker. Annual meetings followed on both sides of the Tasman. In 1997 he became President of ASSHP, and, together with Mark Brown, led the production of the Second Consensus Statement on The detection, investigation and management of hypertension in pregnancy. Together with Janet Rowan in Auckland, he initiated the Metformin in Gestational diabetes (MiG) trial, and its subsequent follow-up studies after publication of the trial in the NEJM (2008). In 2005, he was made the first Honorary Member of SOMANZ. In 2011, he was promoted to full Professor in Obstetric Medicine. Despite slowing down, he maintains an active clinical and research role, as well as teaching overseas.

Barry Walters

Barry Walters has made an enormous contribution to Obstetric Medicine in this country. He pioneered the disciple of General Obstetric Medicine in Australia. He is a Past President of SOMANZ and has served on SOMANZ Council, ADIPS Council, the OMGA Committee and ISOM Committees. He spent the years 2007-2011on SOMANZ Council serving as President from 2009 to 2010. He was involved in organising many Obstetric Medicine Meetings. The most notable was the combined ISOM, ASSHP, OMGA and ADIPS “Medicine and Pregnancy” meeting in Fremantle, 2003. This was the first truly international obstetric medicine meeting to be held in Australia.

Barry obtained his medical degree at the University of Western Australia in 1974 and graduated with the AMA Gold Medal. He was subsequently awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1981. Barry expressed an interest in training in obstetric medicine and was awarded a Travelling Fellowship by the University of Western Australia and travelled to the UK to train with Professor Christopher Redman at the John Radcliffe Hospital at Oxford. Following this Barry was appointed Visiting Fellow to Professor Michael de Swiet, at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, who was internationally recognised as one of the foremost physicians in obstetric medicine. Both of these opportunities subsequently moulded Barry’s professional career and on his return to Perth he became established as an obstetric physician.

In addition to the management of hypertension and the full range of medical disorders in pregnancy, Barry developed an interest in diabetes during pregnancy and in 1985 was appointed as Physician to the Diabetes service at the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women. He always made himself freely available for medical advice in obstetric emergencies and attended many of the major obstetric crises at King Edward Memorial Hospital. I am sure they have fewer obstetric crises now because of his guidance over the years.

His academic contribution was recognised by his appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 1998 and, in 2003 was appointed a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the medical school at the University of Notre Dame.

He was instrumental in production of the first Obstetric Medicine Curriculum for Australia which is still on the Royal Australasian College of Physicians website. He has published some many papers and contributed to a number of reports and guidelines as well as giving numerous lectures. He was invited to contribute chapters to the definitive text on Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice edited by Michael de Swiet, first published in 1984. He contributed several chapters to that definitive text and to other text books published in the United Kingdom and United States.

Barry was often asked to speak at local College meetings as well as many meetings in Australia and internationally. He was a regular presenter at SOMANZ and ADIPS Meetings.

In April 2005 Barry Walters was presented as a Fellow ad Eundem of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). An achievement and an honour seldom bestowed by obstetricians on a physician! He is a most deserving obstetric physician to receive a SOMANZ Honorary Life Membership.

Lawrence Beilin

Eileen Gallery