1944: First female Medical Superintendent appointed


Dr Elizabeth Turner was a respected paediatrician who worked at the hospital from 1942 until 1980. She was appointed the first female Medical Superintendant in 1944 and held the position until 1946.

She has been recognised as the first doctor in Australia to administer penicillin.

The hospital presents the Elizabeth Turner medal to acknowledge excellence in clinical care provided by a member of the senior medical/dental staff of the RCH over an extended period of time. This medal is awarded primarily on the basis of the individual’s contribution to the clinical care of their patients and is in essence, our highest form of peer recognition for exceptional clinical care.


Dr Elizabeth Turner, date unknown
The Children's Hospital; Carlton, Victoria
Gelatin silver photograph