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Johnston, Walter Ian Harewood (Ian) (1930 - 2001)

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Born: 16 February 1930.  Died: 19 March 2001.
Walter Ian H. (Ian) Johnston was known as the 'founding father of IVF in Australia'. He was part of the team responsible for Australia's first successful IVF birth. He collaborated with Professor Carl Wood and Associate Professor John Leeton, Dr Alan Trounson and Dr Alex Lopata on the use of artificial hormones to control the ovulation cycle of women on IVF treatment. This became known as the Fertility Drug Schedule. Johnston was a long-time physician at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne where the first IVF birth occurred. He was also founding President and Honourary Life Member of The Fertility Society of Australia, the first in Australia to use diagnostic laparoscopy in women, and established Australia’s first workshop on artificial insemination by donor sperm. Johnston was a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRACOG), and is honoured by Ian Johnston Memorial Lecture established by the Fertility Society of Australia.

Career Highlights

1954Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1955 - 1959Medical residencies and postgraduate studies at the Alfred, Royal Children's and the Royal Women's hospitals in Victoria
1960Gynaecology degree completed at the University of Melbourne
1960 - 1962Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and surgery studies at the University of Liverpool, UK
1962 - 1969Obstetrics Tutor at Trinity College, University of Melbourne
1962 - 2000Physician at the Royal Women's Hospital
1964Masters in Obstetrics and Gynaecology completed at the University of Melbourne
1966First in Australia to use gynaecological diagnostic laparoscopy in women
1977Set up the first Australian workshop on artificial insemination by donor sperm
1982 - Founding President of The Fertility Society of Australia
1988 - 1999Australian representative on the Committee of the International Federation of Fertility Societies
1999 - c. 2001Chair of the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee
2001Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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