Museum events and courses

The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History runs events and courses to explore the history of anaesthesia and pain medicine and to help medical professionals and members of the public develop and fine-tune their historical research skills.

Australian Heritage Festival

As part of the Australian Heritage Festival, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History presented a lecture and guided tour, Where are all the women?, on Thursday April 18, 2019.

In December 2015, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, began exploring the seemingly invisible histories of early women anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand. These stories are inextricably bound to the struggles women experienced in gaining access to medical education and hospital appointments. Frequently, their work in anaesthesia was short lived with many of these women taking on leading positions in women’s and children’s health. However, that their career paths veered away from anaesthesia does not diminish their work within the field, nor should it render them invisible within its history. Join the museum’s curator to look at the professional lives of some of these women, followed by a guided tour of the museum.

Tours are available but bookings are essential, via email or phone +61 3 8517 5309.

Find out more about this event on the Australian Heritage Festival page.

Women and Medicine Symposium

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History held a one day history symposium on women and medicine, on Friday, March 8 at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Presenters explored the historically fraught relationship between women and medicine, both as patients and practitioners.
  • Associate Professor Paula Michaels from Monash University, will be discussing famous women working in the area of non-pharmacological obstetric pain relief.
  • Margaret Anderson from Old Treasury Building, will be discussing reproductive crime in the state of Victoria;
  • Sarah Rood, from Way Back When Historians, will be discussing gatekeepers and how they stop us from seeing the bigger story.
  • Jacqui Sanders, Deakin University student currently working with J Ward and Aradale Asylum, “Aradale Asylum and Women’s Health: Then, Now and Why it’s important”.
  • Mary Sheehan from Living Histories will be presenting ‘Spanish flu heroines and casualties’.
  • Associate Professor Louella McCarthy from University of Wollongong, discussing the context in which early women doctors were working.
  • Dr Ruth Lee from Deakin University will present “Dr Mary De Garis: Feminist Forebear”.
  • Dr Carolyn Rasmussen, independent scholar and Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne, “Becoming doctors”.
  • Eugenia Pacitti, PhD candidate at Monash University, will present “Foetal positions: visual and material representations of the female body in a collection of foetal specimens”.
Participants in the ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development Program can claim attendance under the Knowledge and Skills category “learning sessions” for one credit per hour.

Medical History Masterclass

Run by the museum and Monash University’s School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, the masterclass was held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday August 4 at ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.

The masterclass was facilitated by Associate Professor Paula Michaels. Paula Michaels’ research and teaching focuses on Twentieth Century world history. Her work bridges the histories of Eastern and Western Europe, integrating the USSR into a pan-European and global narrative through the study of social and cultural history. Her teaching is also part of Monash University’s International Studies program. Michaels studies the history of medicine, and is especially interested in the ways that medicine is mobilised to further political and social objectives. Her most recent book, Lamaze: An International History was published Oxford University Press in 2014.

Participants in the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program can claim attendance under the Knowledge and Skills category “short courses, workshops” for two credits per hour.


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