Professor Garry Phillips

ANZCA is sad to announce the passing of Professor Garry Phillips, AM, who made major contributions to anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.
Professor Phillips was a member of ANZCA’s inaugural council in 1992 and served as president from 1996 to 1998.

In 2005 he was awarded the College’s highest honour, the Robert Orton Medal. In the same year he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine plus his teaching and community service.

In 2012, the Garry David Phillips Prize, was established to recognise outstanding achievement within the Masters of Medicine program in Anaesthesia at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Professor Phillips first spent time in PNG as a cadet patrol officer or “kiap” at Kikori in the Gulf province during his early 20s. After returning to Australia to study medicine at Sydney Medical School he returned to PNG as an instructor on the country’s first Early Management of Severe Trauma Course in 1993.

Professor Phillips subsequently became the first visiting Professor of Anaesthesia to PNG from 1995 to 2006 supporting the further development of anaesthesia as an emerging specialty and the development of the Anaesthetic Scientific Officer course at the University of PNG.

A professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Flinders University in SA, Professor Phillips wrote many books, including most recently Intensive care medicine in Australia: Its origins and development which was launched in 2014 and traces intensive care medicine in Australia up to 1992. The book includes an epilogue by Dr Felicity Hawker which provides an overview of the specialty from 1993 to 2010. 

Professor Phillips' funeral will be at 11am on Tuesday August 2 at St Matthews Church, Bridgewater in SA.
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