• Joan Rowlands
  • Author (Retired)
  • Years in position: 0
  • Years in profession: 72
  • Type of Business: Self-employed author

Major Products and Services:

Short stories and poetry; Scientific surveys on Tasmania for medicine and issues regarding children and adolescents; Chapter on history of International House University of Sydney

Marketing Area:



Poetry; Short stories; Biography; Memoirs


Writing; Reading; Watching television

Educational Background:

Diploma in Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia (1970); Diploma in Ophthalmology, University of London, United Kingdom (1953); Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery/Chirurgery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1948)


Fellow, International Sydney University; Fellow, Sydney University International House Alumni Association

Charity/Volunteer Work:

Donor, Doctors without Borders; Past Board Member, President, Director, Child and Adolescent Unit, Vision Australia; Various Membership Positions, The Royal Blind Society; Oxfam; Various Charitable Organizations

What do you attribute your success to?:

She attributes her success to being born in China to parents and grandparents who were missionaries. Her mother and four children were also born in China. Her diverse experiences influenced her passion for writing, which include 15 short stories, a family biography and completed memoirs.

How did you get involved in your profession?:

She became involved in her profession after she started writing at the early age of 8 whenever she was happy or upset. To date, she has written 25 poems and created a website.

Where will you be in five years?:

In the next five years, Ms. Rowlands hopes to still be residing in Sydney, Australia, after spending 72 years as an author. She is presently 93 years old, and has now completed writing her memoirs.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

Writing her memoirs, which are now completed and being professionally assessed


Honorary Fellow, Royal Australia & New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (1988); Order of Australia; A.M. Order of Australia (1978)

Extended Bio:

In 2000, Ms. Rowlands published a biography about her parents who were missionaries, called "Voluntary Exile." She is a retired medical practitioner.