Vale Prof Allan Carmichael

This week has seen the passing of well-respected clinician and academic, Professor Allan Carmichael.

Prof Carmichael, former head of the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine and Dean of Health Science, has made a great and lasting contribution to the Tasmanian health system as a clinician and academic.

Prof Carmichael became Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a senior consultant in the Department of Paediatrics at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 1992.

As state advisor in Child Health Services and through the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation he helped develop policies and services that greatly benefit Tasmanian children.

In 1997 he was appointed to the leadership positions he occupied until his retirement a few months ago.

During his tenure, the University’s rural health programs expanded to Launceston and Burnie, teaching of nursing expanded and strengthened, and new courses were developed for paramedics and pharmacists.

Prof Carmichael was respected in Australia and internationally for his work in child health. This was reflected in his 2007 Medal of the Order of Australia for services to medicine as an educator and administrator.

Last December, Prof Carmichael was granted an Honorary Degree. The citation referred to his compassion, humanity and outstanding professional skills – it spoke of him as a quiet and dignified man much loved by his colleagues.