Court, John AM

  • John CourtPlease find below a link to an obituary that Andrew Court wrote about his father.  This was published in the Age and we have permission to share it with you here.

    John Court Obituary

    Place and date of birth

    24th September 1929, Melbourne, Australia


    2nd July 2021

    University attended

    The University of Melbourne


    Positions held at The Royal Children's Hospital

    • Assistant/Acting Medical Director
    • Chairman Senior Medical Staff
    • Physician
    • Director of Diabetes Service
    • Director of Department of Developmental Medicine
    • Director Department of Adolescent Medicine

    Positions held elsewhere

    Research Fellow, Institute of Child Health Birmingham University UK

    Convenor Scientific Committee Australian Paediatric Association

    Consultant Physician Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street. Institute of Child Health, University of London

    First Assistant, Department of Paediatric Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Director of Clinical Studies

    Acting Professor, The University of Melbourne

    Editor in Chief, Australian Paediatric Journal. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

    President Australian Association for Adolescent Health

    Consultant Physician Middlesex Hospital London

    Senior Lecturer, University College London

    Council member, International Association for Adolescent Health

    Member, Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria

    Chairman Health Committee, Medical Practitioners Board

    Member, Child Health Committee, NH&MRC

    Senior Medical Officer Geelong Grammar School

    Australian Professional Services Review Panel member

    Clinical interests

    Diabetes in childhood

    Adolescent Medicine

    Drug abuse

    The role of teenagers in promoting health education


    Childhood obesity

    Lipid disorders

    Diabetes complications and prevention

    A career memorable moment

    A wonderful highlight in John's career was having part of his old school named after him for his work in promoting a positive approach to health issues and behaviour.

    Career achievements

    Development of the "Court Needle" leading to the abandonment of cut-down intravenous infusions, previously universal in paediatric and adult hospitals.

    Establishing Adolescence as a specific field of medicine, both nationally and internationally.

    Contributing to the international recognition and management of type 1 diabetes particularly in developing countries and Asia.

    Publication of books on health promotion for the general public

    Honours and awards

    Member Order of Australia

    The Vernon Collins Memorial lecture medal

    Howard Williams medal in Child Health

    The Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2001 Award.