Photograph of Dr Lorna Lloyd-Green (1910-2002) with Margaret O'Reilly at Queen Victoria Hospital
Black and white photograph of Dr Lorna Lloyd-Green with Margaret O'Reilly at Queen Victoria Hospital, 1940
Lorna Lloyd-Green MBBS 1933 (1910–2002) was an inspirational leader in Australian Medicine during her 92 years. She graduated in 1933 and became one of Melbourne’s first female obstetricians and gynaecologists. Lorna was appointed medical superintendent at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in 1939, and held various leadership positions there, including dean of the Clinical School. Motivated by her concern for those unable to have children, she founded the sterility clinic, which she ran for 25 years; eventually, this became the IVF clinic at Monash.
Lorna was the first medical advisor to the then Nursing Mother’s Association and the
first female fellow of the Australian Medical Association. She was also foundation fellow of the Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and president of the Australian Federation of Medical Women and the Medical Women’s International Association. Her honourable awards included an OBE (1968), Woman of the Year (1970) and CBE (1979). Lorna pioneered the way for women in medicine, with equal pay for equal work being one of her achievements. She was president of Zonta (Melbourne), a service that worked to advance the status of women, and she contributed to other organisations with this aim. She was renowned for her commitment to her patients: she never missed a delivery, and during World War II she was on call 24 hours a day for two years, spending every night in the hospital. Her sense of service was attributed to her family and school, Lowther Hall,
where she was dux and captain (1929). A gifted musician, Lorna had considered becoming a music teacher. So, late in her career, when she felt it inappropriate to practise medicine,she re-trained as a music therapist, spending nearly ten years caring for dying patients, including a patient she had delivered 50 years before.
Lorna had a lifelong passion for learning and studied for a Diploma in Law, using
computers for the first time at the age of 80. An elegant, highly organised and energeticv woman, Lorna was also an ardent ecumenist, serving on the vestry and as church warden at St John’s Anglican Church in Toorak.
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