DR ATHOL CORNEYTo study geriatric medicine and gerontology - UK, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands
Athol Charles Donne Corney was a Hobart based General Practitoner. He took a real interest in community activities that benefited others being a president of North Hobart Rotary 1975-76
Athol died on January 21st 1992
Athol travelled to Glasgow in 1970 and studied for 6 months under world renowned Geriatrician Dr Fergus Anderson. Then followed visits to specialist aged care facilities in hospitals in England, Ireland, Sweden, and Denmark. He then travelled to London where he sat and passed the examination to become a Specialist Geriatrician (not recognized as a speciality in Australia until 1976). This was followed by study tours of other hospital and nursing home aged care in France, Italy, Greece and Iran.
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Upon returning to Tasmania he was instrumental in the establishment of speciality based aged care in hospitals, first at St Ann’s and then the Royal Hobart Hospital facility at Vaucluse and St John’s Park Newtown. For the next 15 years he lectured and trained nurses studying their Geriatric Certificate as well as running a solely aged based General Practice. He was heavily involved in the Old People’s Welfare Council (later the Tasmanian Council on the Ageing) and was President for over 10 years.