Basil graduated from Sydney University in 1967 with an MBBS.
He wad admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1972.
Subsequently he spent a period of 8 years in the Pacific – initially in Lae, Papua New Guinea & subsequently as Head of the Department of Surgery in the new Lautoka Hospital in Fiji.
He returned to Australia to take up the position of Medical Superintendent of the Mackay Base Hospital.
During the next eleven tears – he fostered a growing interest in Palliative Care. Basil travelled to London – and completed a course of training at St Christopher’s Hospice.
On returning to Mackay he accepted the position of Honorary Director of Palliative Care at the Mater Hospital in a Unit that was established in the converted nun’s convent. This was the first unit recognised by the Queensland Department of Health outside the Brisbane Metropolitan Region.
Basil subsequently became the founding Medical Director of the Assisi Hospice in Singapore – a position he held for 3 years.