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The Medical Care of Australian Soldiers on the Kokoda Track

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Rathmines Theatre

3 Stilling Street

Rathmines, NSW 2283

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Hear about the frontline medical care of thousands of Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Track in 1942.

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In the discussion, Jan McLeod will draw on the diary and photographs belonging to her great-uncle, who served as a medical orderly in the 2/4th Field Ambulance, 7th Division AIF. How prepared was the Australian Army’s medical service? Could (should) we have done better? Was suffering simply an inevitable consequence of fighting a war in Papua?

Dr Jan McLeod lives in Lake Macquarie and is a historian at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include the history of military medicine, with a focus on the Australian Army in World War Two. Her first book was published in 2019. She is currently working on a second publication, with the support of an Australian Army History Unit Research Grant.

The book: Shadows on the Track: Australia’s Medical War in Papua 1942-1943 (Big Sky Publishing 2019), critically examines a wide range of medical issues related to the Papuan Campaign and the battles fought along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay, and at the Beachheads. There is a focus on the Australian Army Field Ambulance units that provided front line medical care to thousands of sick and wounded Australian soldiers.

Presented by History Illuminated.

Books available for purchase and signing.

Bookings essential.

Gold coin donation on entry.

For the safety and well-being of all participants safe-distancing and social gathering measures will be practiced and contact details for traceability in the future will be kept. All attendees will be reminded to follow safe physical distancing and health advice by keeping 1.5m apart, maintaining personal hygiene by regularly washing hands, and not attending if they feel unwell.

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