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Biographical entry Toyne, Albert Howard (1920 - 2002)

FRCS 1955.

10 November 1920
Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
4 February 2002
Tewantin, Queensland, Australia
Orthopaedic surgeon and Specialist in sports medicine


Howard Toyne was a pioneer of sports medicine in Australia. He was born in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia on 10 November 1920, the son of Albert Toyne, a meat inspector, and Marion Crozet Toyne née Marsh, a housewife and the daughter of a station master. He attended the University High School in Melbourne, and then went on to study medicine at Melbourne University and Alfred Hospital, qualifying in 1944.

He was a resident at Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne, and then, from 1944 to 1948, served in Japan with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Occupational Forces.

Following his demobilisation, he worked in general practice in Cooroy, south east Queensland. He then went to the UK for further training. He worked as a registrar at Connaught Hospital, Walthamstow and at the Rowley Bristow Hospital, Pyrford, and gained his FRCS in 1954.

He returned to Melbourne, to Prince Henry's Hospital, as an orthopaedic surgeon and developed his interest in sports medicine. He also held a consultant appointment with the RAAF.

He worked as a doctor with Australian teams at the 1956 and 1964 Olympics, and was sports medicine liaison officer to the Australian Olympic Committee (a position he held until 1973). He was a founding member and then president of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation. He was instrumental in getting a world sports medicine conference staged in Melbourne in 1974 and served on the executive of the Fédération Internationale de Medicine Sportive from 1972 to 1982.

He was director of the St John Ambulance Association and president of the Victorian branch of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed cycling, Australian rules football, golf, swimming and walking. In retirement, he lived in Tewantin, Queensland, and became very active in two local life saving clubs. He was also regularly seen at the Tewantin Bowls Club.

He was married twice. In 1944 he married Claire Briggs, a nurse, and then, in 1979, Josephine, a stenographer. He had three children, Peter, Phillip and Michael (who predeceased him). Howard Toyne died on 4 September 2002. He was 81.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [Sport Health, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2002 Dec: 27-8; Sport Australia Hall of Fame Howard Toyne CBE - Sports Science - accessed 31 March 2017].

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