25 years in health

AS YOU read this on your iPad, or while half-listening for the beep of your smartphone, cast your mind back to 1987 – the year the first edition of Medical Observer hit the desks of GPs around the country.

It was the year Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen made his ill-fated tilt at The Lodge, the year the ALP under Bob Hawke and the British Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher were both re-elected for third terms, and the year US President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”

It also marked the first Australian appearance of mobile phones: The Sydney Morning Herald’s report of the first mobile call made in the country included a description of the three models available in Telecom’s ‘Explore’ range of “cellular mobile telephone systems”.

Customers could choose the ‘Traveller’, permanently mounted in a vehicle, the ‘Attache’, a