This vast country has played many parts in world history and continues to do so. This tour will take you from Moscow, a modern economic and political capital with a long history, to the ancient city of Tver, which once rivalled Moscow as a power base. From here travel to the beautiful, ancient city of Veliky Novgorod, the birthplace of the Russian state, which was proclaimed here in 862. Continue to the magnificent heart of the Russian empire, St. Petersburg, which is without rival for grandeur.
With local guides in each city and a series of talks and specialist professional visits, gain deeper insight into the history of children, childcare and paediatric health, as well as the history and culture of this vast, contradictory and endlessly fascinating country. Partners are very welcome.
The Russian childcare system has been supported by state and private contributions since the 18th century, when the first orphanages were set up by Catherine the Great – each orphanage with its own hospital attached. Russian paediatrics has always been an integral part of world science and practice. Karl Martens was the first chief doctor of the Moscow foundling hospital and saved the wards from the plague epidemic of 1771–1773. His treatise on this subject (published in Paris in 1784) had a great impact on the medical science of the day. Johann Heinrich Jänish was the first doctor to vaccinate against smallpox at the same hospital in 1773–1780.
Under the Soviet system after 1917, maternal and child health received special attention. Child health was separated from adult health and highly qualified child doctors (paediatricians) were trained. For the first time in the world, medical faculties of universities began the training of child doctors in 1930 in the USSR.
Jenny is a paediatric and adolescent endocrinologist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Medical Director of Queensland Adolescent and Children’s Endocrinology at the Greenslopes Private Hospital. She is Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Queensland. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Queensland and trained in paediatrics in Brisbane prior to training in paediatric and adolescent endocrinology at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Jenny worked as a paediatric and adolescent endocrinologist at RCH Melbourne, and was then appointed Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Queensland in 1997. She established the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane.
Jenny is a keen traveller and has led a highly successful study tour to India for Jon Baines Tours.
St Petersburg Extension
This extension provides the opportunity to explore more of the unrivalled grandeur of Russia's cultural centre. Built by Peter the Great as a display of imperial Russia's growing status and fine-tuned by his successors, who added their own fabulous palaces and cathedrals, St Petersburg grew to be the Romanov's showcase capital and Russia's first great, modern city.
Tour cost is USD $3,990 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)