Thomas Nisbet

Alwyn Tom Nisbet was one of the early practitioners of Radiology in Australia. Nisbet’s father, W.A. Nisbet, practised Radiology in Townsville having learned the techniques in the Boer War. He initially practised in Brisbane at the Mater Hospital before moving to Sydney in 1929 where he commenced practice in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiotherapy.

Nisbet was a prime mover in the formation of an association of radiologists, which culminated in the first annual meeting in 1935 at which he became foundation President.

Tom Nisbet’s contributions to the early years of the College were commemorated in the form of the Nisbet Symposium Lecture at the College’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

In 2006, the College Board of Directors incorporated the Nisbet Symposium into the College’s Annual Ceremony, and has since become known as the Nisbet Oration and a key event at the College’s Annual Scientific Meeting.


RANZCR ASM 2019 - Nisbet Orator, Mike King 


 Mike King


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists' are thrilled to announce Mike King as 2019’s Nisbet Orator. The 2019 New Zealander of the year, Mike is a mental health advocate and shines much-needed light on the issues of depression, alcohol and drug abuse and suicide in New Zealand. By drawing on his personal experiences, Mike has shown leadership, courage and empathy to vulnerable people – particularly Māori, children and young people – throughout the country.


Mike King will be presenting the Nisbet Oration at The RANZCR Annual Ceremony which will be held on Friday 18 October 2019 at the SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland.