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27th of January, 1928, Hawthorn, Melbourne
Sydenham's Chorea - in depth investigation of 20 consecutive patients to determine the importance of streptococcal infection and psychological disturbance in these children. Chorea is best regarded as a syndrome in which serious psychological disturbances are almost always present in the child at home, in which streptococcal infection frequently occurs and in which rheumatic fever often develops.
Treatment of acute childhood leukaemia.
Treatment of childhood cancers.
Management of thalassaemia and sickle cell disease.
Rae played an integral role in the establishment of the Thalassaemia Society of Victoria in 1975. The Society was instrumental in improving community knowledge of thalassaemia and related conditions. The Society continues today as Thalassaemia Australia as all the states in Australia are now involved.
Rae also played a key role in the establishment of a thalassaemia services for adult patients with thalassaemia and related conditions - first at Queen Victoria Medical Centre in 1987 and later at Monash Medical Centre in 1990. The service formed part of a comprehensive and integrated service providing care for all patients with thalassaemia and related conditions, including genetic testing, counselling and antenatal diagnosis and social work assistance.
An achievement Rae recalled with pride was to have had patients with transfusion dependent thalassaemia leading normal lives with survival into their sixties.
Rae performed the first exchange transfusion on a jaundiced neonate at The Royal Children's Hospital. The baby was under the care of Dr. Elizabeth Turner.
A career highlight Rae remembered well was attending a discussion by the Haematology and Oncology team in which they discussed the possibility of using the word "cure" for long term survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Rae saw the first pregnancy in a patient with transfusion-dependent thalassaemia with the successful delivery of a healthy baby at term.
Rae joyfully remembered hearing an older transfusion dependent patient asking his treating doctor ""What treatment in aged-care can we expect?".
In 1964 Rae was mobilised into the workforce of the Hong Kong Medical Department as a matter of some urgency because of a cholera outbreak. She started working at the Lai Chi Kok Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kowloon. This was at the time when famine was rife in China and many refugees had come over the border into Hong Kong. They were living in very crowded conditions. Some of them were living in make-shift huts on the hills and could be washed away by floods during the typhoons, others were crowded on boats around the shore. In the hospital they treated many children with diphtheria, poliomyelitis and adults with typhoid, dysentery and tetanus. Patients with tuberculosis attended Outpatient clinics to receive their treatment on a daily basis. Rae recalled her medical school text books coming alive during her time working in Hong Hong.