Alumni

Williams, Gigi

  • Gigi PortraitDate and place of birth

    29th March 1961, Melbourne

    University attended

    • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 
    • Swinburne University of Technology

    Academic qualifications BAppSc, FBCA, FRPS, FAIMBI

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Photography), Fellow BioCommunications Association (BCA, USA), Fellow Royal Photographic Society (RPS, UK), Fellow Australian Institute of Medical Illustration (AIMBI), Diploma of Frontline Management

    Positions held in The Royal Children's Hospital

    • Medical Photographer 1982 – 1985
    • Chief Medical Photographer 1985 - 1989
    • Department Head, Educational Resource Centre (ERC) 1989 – 1996.
    • Network Department Head, ERC, Women & Children’s Health Care Network, Melbourne.  1996 to 2004.
    • Director, ERC, Royal Children’s Hospital 2004 - 2015

    Positions held elsewhere

    • Honorary Secretary of the peak professional body (AIMBI) - 1990 - 1992 
    • National President of the peak professional body (AIMBI) - 1992 to 1994 

    Research

    Photogrammetry

    Appointed as a research fellow of the University of London at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School to develop photogrammetry and its application to medicine in 1988. This work led to the establishment of a comprehensive photogrammetry service at RCH for facial surgery and burns in 1989. 

    Invisible radiation photography

    Development of ultraviolet and infrared techniques for clinical research and recording: this led to Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1991 (by thesis).


    Career highlights/memorable moments

    • Seeing ERC develop and flourish. From 2001, 34 of her staff have won 158 awards – 123 international and 35 national - from such bodies as the Institute of Medical Illustrators (UK), The Biological Communication Association (USA), the Health Sciences Communication Association (USA), the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration, Hitwise (Experian) and the Victorian Government. 


    Career achievements

    • Fostering and encouraging patient education television programs at RCH including “Going Nuts with Macadamia”,  “Hospital Lingo” and “Be Positive” 
    • 14 published papers in international refereed journals and 2 book chapters 
    • Presenting 26 original papers at national and international conferences
    • Establishing a web development service within ERC in 1998.
    • Establishing a new digital 3D imaging section within ERC in 2005 
    • Managing the implementation of a fully integrated digital medical photography system in 2009 
    • Managing the redevelopment of the RCH intranet and internet in 2011 including branding for the new hospital
    • Introducing “apps” into RCH in 2015 (‘Okee in Medical Imaging’ - Design Awards Gold medal winner)


    Outside The Royal Children's Hospital (including non-medical interests)

    Children, Travel, Gardening and Photography


    Honours and awards

    • 1989 Best Oral Paper Award presented at the Biological Photographic Association (BPA) International conference, St Louis, for “The Establishment of a routine photogrammetry service”
    • 1990 Best Oral Paper Award presented at the Biological Photographic Association (BPA) International Conference, Phoenix, –for“Applications of infrared and ultraviolet photography to medicine”
    • 1991 BPA Best Published Paper in the Journal of Biological Photography for ‘The Development of a Photogrammetry Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.’
    • 1994 BPA Best Published Paper in the Journal of Biological Photography for ‘The Invisible Image - A tutorial on Photography with Invisible Radiation Part 1: Introduction and Reflected Ultraviolet Techniques.”
    • 2004 Chairman’s medal – Royal Children’s Hospital
    • 2006 Louis Schmidt Award – Biological Communications Association (BCA), USA  -their highest professional honour – for outstanding contributions to the progress of biological communications.
    • 2009 IMI (UK) Best Published Paper award in the Journal of Audiovisual Media In Medicine for ‘A 3D Digital Medical Photography System in Paediatric Medicine'