Dr. Annette Holian
Group Captain, RAAF Reserves

Annette Holian is a consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma surgeon at Monash Children’s hospital and a Councillor at Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 2016. She currently
holds the RACS External Affairs portfolio. She has served on the RACS Trauma and EMST committees for many years and is the Chair of the Military Surgery section. As a reservist in
the Royal Australian Air Force, she holds the rank of Group Captain and is the Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services for RAAF.

Initially practising at Monash Medical Centre with specialization in Paediatric orthopaedics,
she embraced the opportunity to visit PNG as a volunteer surgeon. It was there that she first
provided medical care following a tsunami in July 1998 as a civilian under a Joint Task Force
umbrella. She joined the RAAF in 2000, and subsequently shifted towards trauma surgery
with a seven-year period as a fulltime orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at The Alfred. An
injury in Afghanistan kept her off work for 9-months but allowed her to step into a role as
the Deputy Director of Trauma at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in
Darwin in 2010 where she was able to help lead development in Australia’s civilian disaster
response capability. She has undertaken five deployments to war zones including three
tours in Afghanistan and several humanitarian disaster responses both as a civilian and in
uniform. Her last tour in 2012, saw her leading the first small group of Australian reservists
to support the US Navy in the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in southern

Most of her career has been in public hospitals with a research and writing
position in Geneva with the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2015-16. She is
currently completing her Masters of Surgical Education through the University of
Melbourne. Her career focus has shifted over time but has always been directed at
improving access to surgery for those in need, whether they be children or adults with
disabilities, trauma victims, people who live in remote areas, military members, civilians
caught up in conflict or victims of a natural disaster.