Appointment of inaugural Chair of Military Surgery and Medicine at University of Queensland

THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Min­is­ter for Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel
The appoint­ment of Pro­fes­sor Michael Reade as Chair of Mil­i­tary Surgery and Med­i­cine at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land will strength­en, shape and lead mil­i­tary surgery, research and train­ing, the Min­is­ter for Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel, War­ren Snow­don, announced today.

“This is a very sig­nif­i­cant role because it is the appoint­ment of the first Chair of Mil­i­tary Surgery and Med­i­cine at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land,” Mr Snow­don said. 

“The chair will lead mil­i­tary research with a focus on the unique require­ments of Defence in pre-hos­pi­tal care, trau­ma, burns, dam­age con­trol, resus­ci­ta­tion and surgery. 

“This posi­tion will work close­ly with Defence and the Roy­al Bris­bane and Women’s Hos­pi­tal to pro­vide aca­d­e­m­ic scruti­ny and rigour to emer­gency care in the battlefield. 

“The research under­tak­en by the chair will sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve the resus­ci­ta­tive and emer­gency care of our ser­vice men and women in the field over time.” 

Pro­fes­sor Reade has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the health sec­tor includ­ing inter­na­tion­al appoint­ments which will increase the glob­al reach of this position. 

“I wel­come the appoint­ment of Pro­fes­sor Reade who has a dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sion­al pro­file, with demon­strat­ed excel­lence in aca­d­e­m­ic med­i­cine,” Mr Snow­don said. 

Mr Reade has a Doc­tor­ate from Oxford, a Mas­ters in Pub­lic Health from the Uni­ver­si­ty Pitts­burgh and qual­i­fi­ca­tions in both anaes­the­sia and Inten­sive Care Medicine. 

“Pro­fes­sor Reade also has 21 years of ser­vice with the Army Reserves includ­ing five oper­a­tional deploy­ments. This depth of under­stand­ing will advance mil­i­tary health in Aus­tralia,” Mr Snow­don said. 

“This is a tremen­dous exam­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion, with many down­stream ben­e­fits for both the ADF and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land” said Pro­fes­sor Nicholas Fisk, Exec­u­tive Dean of the Fac­ul­ty of Health Sci­ences at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Queensland. 

The Sur­geon Gen­er­al of the Aus­tralian Defence Force, Major Gen­er­al Paul Alexan­der, has also wel­comed this appoint­ment, not­ing Pro­fes­sor Reade will pro­vide the Aus­tralian Defence Force with a crit­i­cal link to experts in the fields of research, train­ing and surgery. 

The Chair of Mil­i­tary Surgery and Med­i­cine will have close links with the Cen­tre for Mil­i­tary and Vet­er­ans’ Health as well as the Roy­al Bris­bane and Women’s Hos­pi­tal. Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Reade will be locat­ed at Her­ston Cam­pus, Uni­ver­si­ty of Queensland. 

Media Con­tact:
Min­is­ter Snowdon’s office: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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