Associate Professor Geoffrey Parkin

After schooling in all states of Australia, Associate Professor Geoffrey Parkin considered himself fortunate to join the first intake of the Monash Medical School and start as a day one...

After schooling in all states of Australia, Associate Professor Geoffrey Parkin considered himself fortunate to join the first intake of the Monash Medical School and start as a day one resident of Monash’s Deakin Hall.  A few years later the new specialty of Intensive Care arrived at just the right time for a student who could not decide between medicine and engineering.

Associate Professor Parkin served as Foundation Head of the Monash Intensive Care Units at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Melbourne from 1974 to 1989, Cabrini Hospital from 1985 to 2008 and Monash Medical Centre (MMC) from 1988 to 2002.  He was Head, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at the Alfred Hospital during 1985.

A co-founder and Honoured Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, he had a key role in initiating College–based postgraduate Intensive Care teaching in Australia and New Zealand and in IC Diploma examinations, acknowledged as among the world’s first.

An enthusiastic advocate of the role of physiology in the care of the critically ill, Associate Professor Parkin has long delighted in the teaching of Monash undergraduate and postgraduate students, both on campus and at bedside.  A feature of this teaching has been the use of numerical models in simulation of physiological processes.

His research is in the general area of biomedical engineering, particularly involving numerical modeling, measurement, clinical decision support and control of physiological processes.  He was the first to describe closed-loop digital control of a human subject in Australia, a prelude to the digitally controlled patient of the future.

Associate Professor Parkin retired from bedside practice in 2007 and continues at Monash Medical Centre as Honorary Intensivist.