DR TREVOR BEARDTo study for Master of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, for one academic year and visit Iceland to study hydatid eradication - USA, Iceland
Born in the UK in 1920, Trevor as a child had a great interest in animal waifs and strays. He later qualifying in medicine at St Bartholomew’s in London and married Joan, a nurse in 1946, they immigrated to Australia in 1951. Trevor took up a locum post in Campbell Town where he stayed for 21 years.They had 4 children.
Trevor was a DIY man and loved to create, whether it be to better manage something around the house or his own X-ray machine to save patients travelling to Launceston or Hobart. A committed member of the Tasmanian CFA and having taken to technology like a duck to water, he kept in constant touch electronically and thoroughly enjoyed annual dinners or events.
In the 1960’s Trevor saw 3 patients die from hydatids in 9 months, one a young boy just 7 years old. He was determined to find a cure or work out how to prevent the spread of this disease.
Trevor applied for and was awarded one of the first 4 Tasmanian Churchill Fellowships for travel in 1966 This allowed him to study for a degree in Public Health majoring in Health Education at the UCal campus at Berkeley near San Francisco. The Berkeley program was a world leader in community involvement in public health. On his way home he spent a week in Iceland to assess their 100 year old hydatid eradication campaign.
In Feb 1996 Tasmania was declared free of hydatids in humans, dogs and livestock, the first place in the world where this occurred.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
Five years after he received his degree in Public Health and with the success of the hydatid campaign, Trevor felt the urge for a greater challenge than a country practice in Tasmania. He moved to Canberra in 1972 as a Senior Medical Officer in the Commonwealth Dept of Health. He also worked later as a consultant to the Better Health Commission in Canberra.
Retirement lead him back to Hobart to be nearer the family. Although he was 67 Trevor went back to work with the Menzies Centre for Population Health Research (now the Menzies Research Institute.) He continued to see patients until he was 85 – Meniere’s patients were among those most dramatically helped by a salt free diet, Trevor’s latest passion.
He was an active gym goer and member at the University gym. In July 2010 an article was published in the Sunday Age about salt – the Silent Killer We Can’t Seem To Live Without. The reporter was obviously quite intrigued that a 90 year old was going to the gym and made sure the photographer took some shots of him there. He also photographed Trevor at home in his kitchen preparing healthy food.
For the last two to three years of her life Trevor was Joan’s principal carer with the help of Meals on Wheels and family assistance. He moved his study upstairs to the dining room to be nearer if she needed him and he took her out for coffee every morning. She died 2 years before him in 2008.
Trevor himself died in September 2010.