Former president wins prestigious award

ANZCA’s Immediate Past President Dr Genevieve Goulding has been awarded the AMA’s 2017 Woman in Medicine Award.
Dr Goulding, who served as ANZCA President from 2014-2016, is a role model for women in medicine. She has a strong social conscience, a passion for doctors’ welfare and is a committed advocate for women’s leadership and mentoring.

ANZCA President Professor David A Scott said it was Dr Goulding’s belief in “concentrating on the issues at the heart of medicine, such as welfare, patient safety, equity and access – not necessarily headline makers but foundation blocks – that define who she is and why she has the respect of many.’’

“Amongst Genevieve’s attributes are her personal characteristics of being determined, respected and trusted, a listener, a confidante, an innovator, and being resolute. All these are enacted as a quiet achiever, and never self-promoting,” Professor Scott said. 

As ANZCA’s fourth successive female President, Dr Goulding’s presidency centred on professionalism, workforce, advocacy, and strengthening ANZCA and FPM services for Fellows and trainees. Her anaesthesia interests including obstetric anaesthesia, medical education, welfare issues and patient safety helped to inform focus her priorities.

Dr Goulding was until recently deputy director in quality and safety for the Department of Anaesthesia at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is one of two departmental welfare officers. She continues to show an ongoing commitment to quality care through her position on the Queensland Medical Board and in her continued role as a member of the ANZCA Council. 

Dr Goulding has been engaged with other peer organisations and held numerous positions for the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) including as state committee chair, a member of the NSW Continuing Medical Education Committee, executive councillor and education officer. 

Dr Goulding is also a member of the Anaesthesia Clinical Committee of the Federal Government’s MBS Review Taskforce.

Drawing on her expertise and collaborations forged during her ANZCA presidency, Dr Goulding leads ANZCA’s International Liaison Group which is tasked with developing the College’s international strategy. This involves working closely with the Colleges in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia as well as forging greater ties and collaboration with the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, which bestowed honorary fellowship on Dr Goulding in 2015.  

Watch Dr Goulding interviewed with another founding member of the Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group, Dr Di Khursandi by ANZCA's Honorary Curator Dr Christine Ball.
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