Dr Ann (Annie) Newton

Saturday, 10 May 2008

1/04/1955–10/05/2008

Dr Ann Newton was a widely respected paediatric anaesthetist known for her exceptional care and ability to make others “want to be a better person”.

After graduating in medicine from The University of Queensland in December 1979, Dr Newton worked as a resident at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, obtained her anaesthetic primary exam in 1986 and completed the final examination in 1988.

Throughout her career she achieved a range of qualifications, including:

  • fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • fellow, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • clinical senior lecturer, The University of Queensland
  • honorary secretary, Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

Her training was completed at a number of different hospitals throughout Queensland, including Mater, where she worked predominantly as a specialist. In the early 1990s, Dr Newton went to Vancouver to enhance her skills and enable her to introduce innovations into Australian anaesthetics.

From January 1995 she was responsible for the education and supervision of anaesthesia registrars on rotation at Mater. Dr Newton was very influential in the field of paediatric anaesthesia and helped establish a discrete paediatric service at Mater. She was also interested in obstetric anaesthesia and introduced spinal anaesthesia for caesarean section at Mater.

Dr Newton later visited the Philippines and Vietnam with Operation Smile, assisting in craniofacial reconstruction for children with facial disorders. She was keen to contribute to more Operation Smile missions, but was prevented from doing so after being diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Dr Newton was forced to retire prematurely in 2006 due to her illness.

At her memorial service, a past colleague described her skill and professional composure in dealing with tiny babies as inspirational. Another spoke of her dedication to the education, professional development and wellbeing of junior doctors.

Dr Newton is survived by her partner Denise McManus, mother Sadie, her brother Stephen and his family.

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