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Festschrift for Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter AM

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Clinical Teachers Thanked

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Medicine Revue raises over $40,000

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Festschrift for Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter AM
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A Festschrift was held at the Royal North Shore Hospital on 14th August 2010, to mark the retirement of Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter AM. Professor Parmenter held the Foundation Chair in Developmental Disability in the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney from 1997 until 2009. He was also the Director of the Centre for Disability Studies during this period.

Professor Parmenter is an internationally renowned scholar and educator, whose areas of research expertise include behavioural and emotional problems of people with disabilities, quality of life assessment, community living and employment for people with disabilities, and assessment of cognitive processes. A strong believer of translating research into practice, Professor Parmenter has been involved in policy formulation and the development of education and training programs. He continues to be a strong advocate for people with disabilities.

The Festschrift was supported by the Northern Clinical School and opened by Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of the Sydney Medical School. The theme for the Festschrift was What is intelligence? What is intellectual disability? The speakers addressed the topic from various perspectives, including the notion of multiple intelligences and an exploration of spirituality and intellectual disability. Over ninety people attended the event, during which local and international colleagues and former students of Professor Parmenter paid tribute to his academic career, mentorship and advocacy. Professor Michael Field, Associate Dean of the Northern Clinical School closed the proceedings.

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Clinical Teachers Thanked
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Roger Bartrop, Sue Bartrop, Michael Field, Ben Cass

One of the Clinical School’s regular social events was held on the evening of 2nd September this year, when 50 or so clinical teachers came along to the annual Tutor Reception, held in the ground floor foyer of the Kolling Building.

It was an opportunity to make informal contact with colleague tutors and to share experiences of the teaching program so far this year. Several representatives of our enthusiastic student body were on hand to chat to their teachers and help pass around the food and drinks.

Associate Dean Michael Field spoke briefly on the ethos of the School, and acknowledged that its culture and atmosphere were largely determined by the willingness of clinicians and researchers to give their time to help our students develop their skills and confidence as future professionals. The important role of the support staff of the School, headed by Executive Officer Kay Worrell, in facilitating all that we do was also gratefully acknowledged.

The opportunity was also taken to say some specific words of thanks to two well-known teachers who have recently left their original positions. Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery Ben Cass was acknowledged as a popular and approachable teacher, both in the wards and operating theatres and also in the Clinical Skills Centre. Ben is making a move to VMO practice, but promises he will still be available for teaching duties. Clinical Associate Professor Roger Bartrop has retired from his three decade association with RNSH as a Staff Psychiatrist and one of its most committed teachers. He has been a leader in the introduction and delivery of the Liaison Psychiatry service, and his research interests have focussed on the interaction between medical and psychological conditions. Several generations of RNSH students have benefited from his teaching in his field. Both Ben and Roger were presented with a copy of the Faculty of Medicine’s 150-year history book as a token of thanks.

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Pictured Left: Kay Worrell, Stewart Dunn, Trudy Henson, Suzanne Benjamin, Ron MacKinnon
Pictured Right: Cate Storey, Anthony Gill, Doug Saunders, Martyn Sulway, Ross Smith
Pictured Above Right: Roger Bartrop, Sue Bartrop, Michael Field, Ben Cass


Medicine Revue 2010
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Northern students were instrumental in this year’s University of Sydney Medicine Revue, Cadavatar, which raised more than $40,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation and Milk Crate Theatre. They formed a large and important part of the 100 first-year medicine students who put on the show, seen by over 2,600 people (more than the Law Revue!) across its four nights at the Seymour Centre last month.

Anastasia Patmanidis, who wowed audiences with her beautiful voice and strong acting said, “It was the most amazing experience! I wish I could do it all over again!”

Anastasia played the lead role of junior doctor Coco Hontas in the cheeky parody of James Cameron’s 2009 epic film, Avatar. The med students’ version was set in a fictional hospital called BedPandora, underneath which a precious mineral, Fundobtanium, was buried. Eager to access this resource but not willing to share the super-profits from its excavation, an evil mining company implanted one of its staff into the hospital. Taken under Dr Hontas’s wing, this spy eventually switched sides when he fell cranium over calcaneus for the gorgeous JMO.

The entertaining show wowed audiences with scenes such as ‘Sexy CPR’ and an astounding four-person acrobatics sequence. Cadavatar also featured bagpipes, numerous dance numbers, witty videos and voiceovers. The large band was a highlight and showed off the musical talents of more than a dozen first-years. All the students involved were delighted by patrons’ constant laughter and whilst sorry to close on the Saturday night, a looming haematology exam quickly provided a new focus.

Cadavatar’s success as a charity fundraiser was largely due to its strong financial support from sponsors Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology and the University of Sydney Union. Sydney Medical School, Investec, The Doctors’ Health Fund and MDA National also contributed generously to the revue. Final sponsorship totalled over $20,000, covering the majority of the production cost.

The students hope to see their successors in 2011 achieve even greater success. If you have suggestions for next year’s revue, especially with regard to potential sponsors, please contact Cadavatar’s producer, . Please also contact Benjamin if you are interested in purchasing a DVD of the show, which will be available soon.

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Sydney Medical School - Northern

Phone: 02 9926 4678
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