Plastic surgeon to call time on great career
AFTER 31 years leading the way in innovative day surgery, plastic surgeon Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz has decided to hand over his practice and wind down his schedule, looking to retirement.
He was the founder of Tri Rhosen Day Hospital, the first multi disciplinary day hospital in the region, which was opened in Court St in 1996 by the then Governor General Bill Hayden.
Dr Bartholomeusz has also been a leading figure in the establishment of West Moreton Anglican College, the University of Queensland Ipswich campus and a leader for the Australian Air Force Cadets and RAAF's Medical Branch
He has been in private plastic surgery practice in Brisbane and the West Moreton region since 1985 and is currently Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit at Greenslopes Private Hospital.
With his 63rd birthday approaching, Dr Bartholomeusz said it was a good time to retire from Ipswich and he has handed over his practice in Ipswich to Dr David Sharp. He will still practice at Greenslopes Hospital until the end of the year, but intends to fully retire and move to New Zealand with his wife Helga.
"We have discovered New Zealand. We love Queenstown, we built a house in Queenstown and we will be spending a lot of our retirement days there," he said.
"It is early retirement, but I don't want to be operating until I'm 75. Some people love it, but that's just not me."
During his time in Ipswich he has been Chairman of the Queensland Branch of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Foundation Chairman of the Council of West Moreton Anglican College, Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee of St Andrews Hospital, Ipswich and Chairman of the National Trust Restoration Committee for St Paul's Anglican Church and holds the rank of Air Vice-Marshal.
"The Ipswich area offered me a lot of opportunities, not just professionally, but I got involved in the church, the restoration of St Paul's," he said.
"I was invited to join the fledgling board of the Anglican College and I suddenly found myself at the first meeting of the full board as the chairman and there I stayed for 12 years.
"That was a magnificent journey. And then I was the second chairman of the Friends of UQ Ipswich," he added.
He was President of the Ipswich Amberley Support Group and Chair of the Friends of University of Queensland Ipswich.
At an International level, he has been World President of the International Air Cadet Exchange Association and has also been the Representative of the Australian Day Surgery Council on the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery.
At a national level, Dr Bartholomeusz has been Chairman of the Australian Day Surgery Council and he is currently President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.