- Our aim is to promote the academic study of the history of health sciences within the Australia-Pacific region.
- This national society was founded in 1986 and is incorporated in Victoria.
- Membership of the society is open to anyone with an interest in the history of medicine.
This is a learned Society whose terms of reference include the sharing of all aspects of the history of health – including the professions of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacology – and health themes within history itself. The Society consists of a collegiate group with members who are both amateur and professional historians, clinicians with an interest in the history of their disciplines and those with a general interest in health practice through the centuries. There is an emphasis on medicine and health in the Australia-Pacific region, but many members also have major interests in European, Oriental, Middle Eastern and Classical Medicine as well. The Society's biannual journal, Health & History, is a peer reviewed publication of original papers and research. There is also a quarterly newsletter and a major conference is held at exciting venues every two years. Local state/tertiary country groups of medical history are also encouraged.