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Heighway, Freida Ruth (Ruth) (1907 - 1963)

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Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
Born: 2 June 1907  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 30 December 1963  North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Freida Ruth (Ruth) Heighway was the first women to graduate with a MD degree from Sydney University (1939). After two years as a resident medical officer at the Royal Prince Alfred and Royal North Shore hospitals, Heighway travelled to Edinburgh then England. She worked as a resident medical officer at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester and trained in obstetrics and gynecology. She became a member, then Fellow, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists. Returning to Sydney in 1934 she entered general practice and gained honorary appointment at the Rachel Forster Hospital for Women and Children and the Women's Hospital in Crown Street. That same year she married anatomist Andrew Abbie. In 1945 Ruth Heighway and her family moved to Adelaide where she set up a solo gynecology practice. Being the only female gynecologist in the area her practice quickly grew. During this time Heighway also held honorary appointments at the Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She is commemorated by The Ruth Heighway Memorial Prize and Medal in obstetrics awarded by the University of Adelaide.

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Alternative Names: Abbie, Freida Ruth (married name)

1930Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Sydney
1930 - 1931Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1931 - 1932Resident Medical Officer at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
1932 - 1934Resident Medical Officer at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, UK
1934Married Andrew Arthur Abbie at Moore Theological College Chapel in Newton, New South Wales
1934Retruned to Australia to set up a private practice in Burwood, New South Wales
1934Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynogologysts (MRCOG) in London
1939Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from University of Sydney
1945Moved to Adelaide
1958Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynogologysts (MRCOG), London

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