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Vale to Dr Arthur Day, AM

13 July 2020

Tributes have poured in for Dr Arthur Day, who passed away in May.

In tributes published online in The Age, Associate Professor Jim Tsaltas, head of the Gynaecological Endoscopy Unit at Monash Health, said: “Mr Day’s death marks an end of an era. He will always be remembered for his superlative surgical skills, uncompromising pursuit of excellence, with sound ethical foundation, and his mentoring of generations of gynaecological surgeons.”

Dr Daya Jayasinghe wrote: “Arthur helped immensely to introduce a national cervical cancer screening program in Sri Lanka, an effort initiated by the Lions Club of Wheelers Hill in the early 2000's. Across his career, he helped nurture the talent of many Australian oncologists and gynaecologists, and he skilfully drew upon some of this professional talent in building the pilot screening program in Sri Lanka. In fact, Arthur Day's contribution to the program is in no small part why cervical cancer rates have recently decreased there.

“It is inspiring that this wholehearted Melbournian gave so much to improve public health outcomes in developing countries like Sri Lanka. As well, through his gynaecologic work, he immeasurably increased the quality of life for so many women and families here in Melbourne.”

Former RANZCOG President Dr John Campbell said: “With the death of Arthur Day, RANZCOG Melbourne lost one of the doyens of gynaecology in Victoria. Arthur served his College and profession superbly in very many ways. At the Queen Victoria Hospital and then the Monash Medical Centre he was an outstanding gynaecological surgeon and lead the Gynaecological Oncology Unit.

“He was a mentor and friend to a huge number of colleagues and trainees. He was an excellent teacher and provided to generations of future specialists an approach to obstetrics and gynaecology which would greatly assist their future careers.

“He served on the Senior Medical Staff associations of the Queen Vic and Monash, the Victorian Regional Committee of College, College Council, and numerous other organizations. For his services to College he was awarded the President’s Medal, and for his services to gynaecology the AM. 

“He will be greatly missed.”

An obituary, written by Dr Campbell, Charles Day and Professor Tom Jobling, will appear in the Spring edition of O+G Magazine, due out in September.


Dr Arthur Day, AM



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