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Awarded for community service and human rights
Born: 12 November 1950 - Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: 9 November 2014 - Launceston, Tasmania
Entered on roll: 2017
“She simply lived for those she loved, and those she loved remember”
Dr Ljiljana Mujkic was a shining example of a migrant who embraced the opportunity to start a new life.
Born in Mostar and educated in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ljiljana’s dedication and skills as a doctor were invaluable in the emergency ward during the war that ravaged the country.
In 1995, Ljiljana’s family resettled in Gladstone, Queensland where she was told she would not have a chance of practicing medicine in Australia, and should consider becoming a cook. Ljiljana did not heed the advice and studied at night to gain her Australian medical qualifications.
The Launceston General Hospital appointed Ljiljana as an emergency doctor in 1996. While working in the emergency department she studied and gained further qualifications as a General Practitioner. By 2002, Ljiljana had achieved the Australian qualifications of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Doctor of Medicine and Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Practitioners.
Being a refugee, Ljiljana believed helping those most in need was a civic duty. Ljiljana volunteered for the Migrant Resource Centre in Launceston by helping newly-arrived humanitarian entrants resettle by meeting them at the airport, showing them their new home, assisting with purchasing key items, interpreting with government bodies and becoming a second family.
From 1998 to 2003, Ljiljana helped resettle families from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia in the aftermath of the fall of Yugoslavia, by organising housing, school enrolments, Medicare and ongoing pastoral care, while still working full time at Launceston General Hospital, and raising her children.
Medicine was a vocation for Ljiljana who loved diagnosing, and ensured the patient understood their diagnosis. In General Practice, Ljiljana gave extra time, visited older patients in nursing homes on weekends and bulk billed, so patients could receive quality medical care. Worried her patients would be inconvenienced, Ljiljana accepted between 30 and 40 appointments per day during her own illness.
Dr Ljiljana Mujkic lived with kindness and made the world better, one person at a time.