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April 2015

3 people at lecture jpegProfessor Roger Pepperell, who delivered the 150th anniversary lecture on obstetrics and gynaecology, with the CEO of The Women’s Dr Sue Matthews and Associate Professor Les Reti.

Women’s health 150th year milestone marked

The Royal Women’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first lecture on obstetrics and gynaecology with a lecture and dinner.

The first lecture by Dr Richard Tracy was held in 1865 and marked a turning point for the women of Victoria as it started rigorous academic teaching and practice with improvements in health outcomes for women and babies.

At 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 – the same time the lecture was delivered 150 years ago to a group of fourth-year medical students – many of Victoria’s leading women’s health experts and academics were at the Doherty Institute Auditorium in Melbourne.

They were there to hear the anniversary lecture delivered by Professor Emeritus Roger Pepperell.

Professor Pepperell is widely respected for his leadership of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The Women’s for over 21 years and for his teaching and published research.

Professor Janet McCalman from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and the author of Sex and Suffering: Women’s Health also addressed around 200 guests at the free lecture.