Citation Information : Journal of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. Volume 11, Pages 1-1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/asam-2019-005
License : (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Published Online: 30-January-2020
28 May 1985 – 6 October 2019
Lana was an exceptional individual, who forged her own awe-inspiring path to her greatest achievements, of being the soul mate to husband Chris and super-Mum to baby Naomi.
She loved to study, with high academic accomplishment through all of her education –
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Honours; Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours; Graduate Certificate of Health Professions Education; Diploma in Child Health; Diploma in Aviation Medicine (UK); Master of Public Health; Master of Health Management; Master of International Public Health.
She was a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a Registrar with the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, a member of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, and was recently awarded Associate Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
She placed service above self, starting her community engagement during her secondary schooling, and continuing her involvement with and commitment to Rotary International in every global location she lived.
She joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 2008, and quickly earned the respect of her superiors, peers, subordinates and aircrew (no mean feat!) through her diligence and devotion to her patients and the blue uniform. She worked at supra-normal pace to make meaningful and tangible change, mentoring and inspiring all who worked with her and for her. Her enthusiasm and dry sense of humour were infectious, enabling many a bleak time to emerge more positive. She strove to be the best Aviation Medical Officer, the best Senior Aviation Medical Officer (SAVMO), the best Chief Instructor at the Institute of Aviation Medicine, and the best Health Centre Manager East Sale. She excitedly made plans to forge her path as the Regional SAVMO East Sale, which she was to take up in 2020 on promotion to Wing Commander. She was a loyal and proud Air Force Officer and Doctor.
Lana lived life to beyond the fullest extent possible, leaving indelible impressions on the hearts of those she met. Although there is now one less Spice Girls fan in the physical world, 90s music will be playing at high volume, with karaoke and dancing for all, when we next meet.
Farewell dearest Lana, you were extraordinary.