MBBS, FRACP, GradCertHlthMgt
At St Margaret’s 1970 – 1975; School Captain
Dr Catherine Yelland is a geriatrician and general physician working as the Medical Director of the Medicine Service Line at Redcliffe Hospital.
Starting at St Margaret’s in Year 7 in 1970, Dr Yelland participated in the school’s 75th anniversary celebrations. After graduating as School Captain in 1975, she went on to study medicine at The University of Queensland, graduating in 1981. Dr Yelland worked at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and completed her physician training, including two years in geriatric medicine, at Newcastle upon Tyne in England.
She returned home in 1990, married that year and went on to have three children.
She has continued to work full time at RBWH, the Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra hospitals before taking the position at Redcliffe Hospital. Dr Yelland’s husband passed away in 2008 and so her work was integral in supporting her family.
Dr Yelland has been involved in many professional organisations and was president of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (2007-2009) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2016-2018). She received the Queensland Public Service Medal in 2014 for Services to Older Persons.
Of her time at St Margaret’s Dr Yelland said: “I have many friends who went to St Margaret’s and as one of them says, ‘we left school thinking we could do anything’. As well as giving us the academic background to go on to pursue the tertiary qualifications we wanted, we learnt about friendship, contributing to the community, appreciation of the arts and we developed values which have stood us in good stead throughout our lives.”