Air Vice Marshal Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz OAM RFD MBBS FRACS

Air Vice Marshal Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz OAM RFD MBBS FRACS

Hugh Bartholomeusz was educated at Brisbane High School and attended the University of Queensland where he obtained his medical degrees in 1976. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1984 and has been in private plastic surgery practice in Brisbane and the West Moreton Region since 1985. He is currently Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit at Greenslopes Private Hospital.

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. In that role, he was elected to the Executive of the Association.

At a National level, Dr Bartholomeusz has been Chairman of the Australian Day Surgery Council and he is currently an elected member of the Council of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has deployed as
part of Interplast Australia in the Humanitarian Assistance Mission to Fiji.

Regionally 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 Pauls Anglican Church. He was President of the Ipswich Amberley Support Group and Chair of the Friends of University of Queensland Ipswich. From 1995 to 2008 Dr Bartholomeusz was CEO of Tri Rhosen Day Hospital, the first multi disciplinary free standing Day Hospital in the West Moreton region.

Air Vice-Marshal Bartholomeusz was commissioned into the RAAF Reserve in 1972. His career has involved service in the Administration Branch from 1972 until 1976 when he transferred to the Medical Branch. He has
since enjoyed dual appointments to the Australian Air Force Cadets and the Medical Branch. During this time he has served at every level of the Australian Air Force Cadets as Unit Commander, Staff Officer Positions in Public Relations, Ground Training and Administration, and as Executive Officer until his appointment as OC 2 Wing AAFC in 1990. He served in this position until 1995 when he was appointed as National Co-ordinator for the International Air Cadet Exchange Programme. He has been Deputy Chairman of the AAFC Regional Council and was Secretary of the AAFC National Council from 1996 – 2007.

In the Medical Branch, he performed regular clinical duties at RAAF Base Amberley and 3 Hospital RAAF Richmond. He was promoted to Squadron Leader in 1985 and Wing Commander in 1987 to chair one of the Operational Health Support Groups. In 1994, he was promoted to Group Captain as the Consultant in Plastic Surgery to the Director General Air Force Health Services. He also served as Director Air Force Health Reserves (Queensland) from 2004 – 2007.

He was appointed Director General Air Force Health Reserves and promoted to Air Commodore in September 2007. In November 2011, Dr Bartholomeusz was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and he assumed the role of Surgeon General Australian Defence Force Reserves on 1 December 2011.

AVM Bartholomeusz was the 2008 John Thomson Orator. He was awarded the Reserve Force Decoration in 1990 and in June 2010 he received the Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to
medicine in reconstructive surgery and medical administration.

His hobbies include cricket, golf and fishing. He and his wife Helga have three adult children, two grandchildren and live in Brisbane.