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Dr Quin

Posted by Dr Michael Forrest on 31 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Last weekend I attended the AMA National Conference in Canberra to see The President’s Medal awarded posthumously to Dr Bernard Quin. Dr Quin was an Australian doctor working in Nauru in the 1930’s, and then into the early years of the Second World War whilst Australian soldiers were stationed there. He cared for Australian workers and soldiers, and the broader local community, including a “leper colony”. After the withdrawal of Australian troops he stayed behind to continue to care for his patients while his young family were moved to safety in Melbourne. Japanese forces occupied the island and a little over 6 months later Dr Quin was murdered, along with 4 other Australians, in retaliation for an Allied raid.


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Dr Forrest practices at Northside Eye Specialists, based at Chermside, North Brisbane. He also consults at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton.

Northside Eye Specialists
Chermside Medical Complex
3/956 Gympie Road
Chermside QLD 4032
Phone: 07 3359 8886
Fax: 07 3359 5557

12 Blackwood Street 
(Postal address: PO Box 6134)
Mitchelton  QLD 4053
Phone: 07 3855 2605
Fax: 07 3855 3707