History

Monash Breast Clinic and Assessment Centre

The Monash Breast Clinic and Assessment Centre was founded on 1 January 1992 via a Partnership formed by Mr Stewart Hart, Mr John
McArthur, Mr Derek Richmond, Miss Suzanne Neil, Mr David Merenstein, Mr Vernon Marshall and Mr John Cox. 

The Partnership has been operating the clinic with a common concern for assessing and treating breast disease.  

The Lorna Sisely Monash Breast Service

In 2005 Lorna Sisely OBE  was honoured for her contribution to breast surgery and the establishment of a dedicated Breast Clinic at Queen Victoria Hospital, later Monash Health, by adding her name to the public face of the clinic.

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Source: FRACS Archive       14 Mar, 1916 -  27 Jan, 2004

 

In the late 1930's Lorna was determined to pursue a medical career.

"If I can't practice medicine, I won't be good for anything else"

Lorna Verdun Sisely, born in 1916 in Wangaratta, was educated at Wangaratta High School, Methodist Ladies College (Melb.) and Janet Clarke Hall University of Melbourne.  She was a junior then senior Resident Medical Officer (RMO) at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne from 1942 until 1944.   In 1947 Lorna became the first woman in Victoria to obtain a Fellowship  of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in general surgery.  Lorna was senior surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital and was co-founder of the Queen Vic.  Breast Clinic until the Hospital was relocated to Clayton.   Among her other activities she was a member of the Anti-Cancer Council 1964 - 1981.  On 14 June 1980 Lorna Sisely was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her service to medicine.

Lorna was a tireless advocate for women in surgery and was instrumental in luring Dame Joyce Dawes from England to work with her at Queen Vic.  She was a highly skilled general surgeon but developed an overwhelming interest in breast disease in later life.  She inspired generations of junior surgeons and was a major contributor to the development of the sub-specialty of breast surgery.

Lorna's compassionate focus on the people behind the disease was a lesson passed on to all who worked or trained with her.