Sir Llew Edwards graduated as a relatively mature-aged student with a MBBS from the University of Queensland in 1965, after initially qualifying as an electrician from school. As a doctor, he worked at the Ipswich Hospital and at his practice in Raceview.
He is most recognised publicly for his services to Queensland as a politician. It was in 1972 when he entered politics as the Liberal member for Ipswich and served as health minister, Liberal Party leader, deputy premier and treasurer. Sir Llew is also well known for his instrumental role in the success of World Expo 88, as the Executive Chairman, and the creation of the iconic South Bank precinct in Brisbane.
However, it was through his parliamentary roles which made him a revered figure in Medical Leadership. He had a special advocacy for the promotion of best-practice healthcare and a vision in delivering a modern health service for Queensland.
Sir Llew was knighted in 1984 for his public and professional services to Queensland and it was in the same year he became a FRACMA. In 1993 he delivered the esteemed Langford Oration for the College and was bestowed Life Membership of RACMA in 2019.
Sir Llew also made a huge contribution to education through his role as a member of the University of Queensland Senate for almost 25 years, and as Chancellor from 1993 to 2009.
Sir Llew passed away at the age of 85. The College sends our condolences to Sir Llew’s wife, Lady Jane Edwards AM, and their family.