Dr Bowden is currently the Director of the Anaesthetic Department at Frankston Hospital in Melbourne, having worked there for the last fifteen years as a staff specialist.
His area of interest is clinical anaesthesia and education in developing countries, which partly arises from a childhood spent in the Pacific. He grew up in Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides), and has always retained a close bond with life in the tropics.
Dr Bowden’s first opportunity at working outside of Australia arose as a trainee in 2001 when he worked in Dili, East Timor, for the UN at the National Hospital prior to independence (also his first exposure to draw over and ketamine anaesthesia). Three months in Fiji in 2003 as the inaugural Pacific Fellow followed and he has since worked and taught in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia and Papua New Guinea. Dr Bowden spent 2011 working at the Fiji School of Medicine and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji, as a Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia.
He has been involved in the Real World Anaesthesia Course (formerly RSDCDCA) in Australia as an instructor since 2006 and co-convener with Phil Blum and Wayne Morriss since 2008.
Dr Bowden also Chairs the Australian Society of Anaesthetists Overseas and Development and Education Committee (ODEC), is a member of the WFSA Education Committee, and sits on the Board of the Asia and Australasia Section of the WFSA.