RAH Hyperbaric Unit
Tony Swain was born in Orange, NSW; he studied medicine at the University of Sydney, accepted a scholarship in the Naval Undergraduate Scheme and graduated MB BS in January 1961. Following his resident year, he served his return of service of four years in the RAN and then to the Adelaide Rotation Anaesthetic Training program, succeeding to the FFARACS in 1973 and FANZCA 1992. He maintained his Naval commitment in the Reserve for 20 years and during his Naval time developed an interest in
underwater medicine with an Access Appointment, for 10 years, to the RAH Hyperbaric Unit.
Swain worked in public and private practice in metropolitan Adelaide until 2007.
He joined the Army Health Service Historical Research Group in 2008 and was Chairman in 2015-16. He is a co-author of 2 books titled “BLOOD, SWEAT and FEARS” 1 & 11 with book 111 in progress for publication in mid 2019, covering a century of Drs from SA who have served in the Australian Defence Forces.
Research into people like Gilbert Brown (WW1), and (WW11) doctors John Barker, Alan Lamphee and Malcolm Newland; all former office bearers of the federal ASA, led to the exploration of anaesthetic advances over that period. Presently is another project by the South Australian (RAG) Retired Anaesthetic Group to the story of the first painless surgery under general anaesthetic in South Australia, which is the topic of his presentation today.