Dr Jill Tomlinson

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jtheadshotMBBS(HONS), PG DIP SURG ANAT, FRACS(PLAST), GAICD

Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After graduating dux in her year at University High School,

Jill completed medical school at the University of Melbourne in 2001, one of five students to graduate with first class honours in both medicine and surgery. Jill undertook her internship and basic surgical training at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, home of the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery and Australia's first hand transplant.


She obtained a postgraduate diploma in surgical anatomy from Melbourne University Private in 2003. After completing her basic surgical training in early 2005 she undertook two years of advanced training in general surgery, including 6 month terms in breast, thoracic, vascular and bariatric (weight loss) surgery, before commencing advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 2007.

She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2011.

After qualifying as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon she undertook additional training in specialist hand surgery in order to be able to offer a full range of hand and wrist surgery services to her patients. In 2011 she worked as the Plastic and Reconstructive Fellow at Western Health in Victoria. In 2012-13 she was the Hand and Microsurgical Fellow on the Orthopaedic Unit at John Hunter Hospital, the largest trauma hospital in New South Wales, Australia.

Jill believes that using web technologies can improve patient communication, education and outcomes and welcomes ePatients in her surgical practice. The Jill Tomlinson Plastic Surgeon and Melbourne Hand Surgery websites are ongoing projects that Jill has developed to assist patients who wish to learn more about their plastic surgical and or hand conditions.

Jill is the Specialty Editor (Social Media) for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery. She has published in international journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Annals of Plastic Surgery, the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. She maintains up-to-date knowledge of new developments in hand surgery through attendance at conferences and workshops and is a reviewer for national and international journals. Jill is a Partner Investigator on the Australian Research Council funded project "Elucidating the increasing demand for genital cosmetic surgery among girls and women in Australia" conducted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Monash University, Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Women's Health Victoria, Southern Health/Monash Medical Centre, Family Planning Victoria and the Australian Federation of Medical Women. Jill also volunteers her time to teach surgical trainees as a training course faculty member with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and is a faculty member of the RACS Academy of Surgical Educators.

Jill is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has participated in senior roles in multiple medical societies. She is a Federal Councillor with the Australian Medical Association (AMA). She was Secretary of the Australian Federation of Medical Women in 2011-2014, the Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee of the Women in Surgery Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2011-2014, the Treasurer of the Victorian Medical Women's Society (2005-2009 and 2011-2012) and the Webmaster of the Australian Federation of Medical Women (2008-2013). Jill has represented doctors on medical indemnity issues as a member of the Avant Doctors-In-Training Advisory Council (2010-2012) and is a member of Women's Health Victoria, the Australian Medical Association, the Victorian Hand Surgery Society and the Australian Hand Surgery Society. She supports charitable organisations including Interplast, Whitelion and Breast Cancer Network Australia through donations and participation in the Eureka Climb and Sussan Women's Fun Run. Through Kiva she provides microfinance loans to alleviate poverty.

You can verify Dr Jill Tomlinson's Medical Board registration details at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency by clicking here.

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