Service for Professor Ross Holland

A memorial service for the late Professor Ross Holland will be held in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney on Monday March 27 from 12-2pm.
Professor Holland was the Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons from 1984 to 1986. The Faculty was the precursor to ANZCA.

In the early 1960s Professor Holland AM and his colleague Professor Douglas Joseph established the NSW Deaths under Anaesthesia Committee, the world’s longest continuous assessment of quality assurance in anaesthesia.

This committee, subsequently renamed as the NSW Special Committee Investigating Deaths Under Anaesthesia (SCIDUA), is acknowledged internationally for its leadership in maintaining the high safety record for anaesthesia in Australia and New Zealand and setting the benchmark for others to aspire to.

“This ground-breaking multi-centre project has been emulated internationally and embedded in each state in Australia. It has directly improved the mortality figures for anaesthesia in Australia,” Professor Joseph said in 2006.

He was speaking as part of the citation for Professor Holland’s Gold Medal from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards for his devotion to anaesthesia safety. It was the council that called Professor Holland a “healthcare legend”.

Professor Holland was foundation professor of departments at two universities – Hong Kong and Newcastle, NSW. 

In 1992, ANZCA awarded him the Robert Orton Medal for his contribution to anaesthesia.

Professor Holland was interviewed by Dr Christine Ball for an oral history in Melbourne on May 6, 2013. The interview can be viewed here.

ANZCA honours his memory and is grateful for his generosity, contributions and commitment over many years.
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