John was an obstetrician & gynaecologist in Aberdeen, Scotland and Brisbane. He was appointed Dean of Medicine and Professor in the University of Queensland in 1983, and after nine years became Dean of Postgraduate Medicine in the University of Cambridge, overseeing specialist training in East Anglia. On return to Australia with his wife in 2004 he was invited to chair Coast City Country Regional General Practice Training. In 2009 he was called to chair the ACT Human Research Ethics Committee. He has had a continuing involvement in health care and medical education in Pakistan, with an emphasis on development of training for family doctors in the Punjab. This led to award of an Adjunct Professorship. John’s research was initially in feto-placental function and ovarian physiology; in recent years it has been mostly in medical education.
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Report presented to the Minister for Health, Punjab, 20 November 2008.
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