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Without doubt, one of the clearest and honest thinkers ever produced in Australia. A man of great achievements, humanity and of service to his country.

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Candice Bruce
10 years ago

I was lucky enough to be a patient of John Ellard's over 30 years ago and owe him my life. He was a wonderful, funny and down-to-earth man and I feel fortunate to have crossed his path

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jillian maclaren
10 years ago

It was belated news to hear of Dr. Ellards passing. A certain 'giant amongst men' with an assured place at the 'next stop'. He kept me afloat at a tragic time of my life, I owe him everything and have a heavy heart today. A fine human being in every way.

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John Larkins
10 years ago

I fully credit this man for saving my life for correctly diagnosing my ADD and Depression, if it wasn't for Dr Ellard I would have more than probably been committed to a hospital or terminated my life.

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Dr Tony Mastroianni
10 years ago

John was a luminary in life and in his profession. I extend my condolences to his family, especially his son Andrew whom I know. I had the good fortune of having John as a mentor when I was a psychiatric registrar at the Northside Clinic many years ago. His practical approach to psychiatry and life in general, his common sense and his humour made their important mark on me, and for which I have been very grateful. I will always remember his advice about how to inform patients about the potential risks of the medication being prescribed for them: "The worst thing that could happen is that it will kill you. If that less likely event doesn't happen, then the more likely side-effects are X, Y and Z." Thank you John. I'll be forever in your debt.

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Dr Tony Mastroianni
10 years ago

John was a luminary in life and in his profession. My deepest condolences go to his family, especially Andrew whom I know. I had the good fortune of being mentored by John when I was a registrar at Northside Clinic. His practical approach to psychiatry and life, his common sense and his humour made their important mark on me, for which I have always been grateful. I will always remember his advice about how to inform patients of the risks of the medication being proposed for them: "The worst thing that could happen is that it could kill you. If that less likely event doesn't happen, then the more likely side-effects are X,Y and Z." Thank you John. I'll be forever in your debt.

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Julie Appleton
10 years ago

John was a great favorite on the conference circuit and never failed to give of his time freely, generously, but one of his best lectures about adults with ADHD was presented at the National Press Club - he was just spot on in every detail. His ground breaking influence in the field of treating adults with ADHD will remain long in many memories. How fortunate we are to have him still on videotape.

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Dr Jerry Oppenheim
11 years ago

I was awarded the College Medal on graduation 37 years ago, and I can confidently say that John was the best teacher I had throughout my training. Only he could instil commonsense into every facet of Psychiatry. My year at the Northside Clinic under John's mentorship (on my initiative) had an everlasting effect on the way I see and practise Clinical Psychiatry. When I told him I was moving to Israel, I will never forget how he looked at me with his ironic smile and said, "Jerry, it's dangerous over there!"

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