The Southgate Institute is named after Associate Professor Deane Oakford Southgate AM FRACGP, FACOM.
Associate Professor Southgate was Head of the then Department of Primary Care and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Flinders University at the time of his death in 1991.
Dr Southgate was heavily involved in public health, health promotion and community medicine over the course of his career. His role at the University was in academic general practice and its role in community medicine and primary health care. His involvement saw the recognition of the growing importance of general practice, both as a key component of the health service and as an academic discipline.
He was passionate about general practice and the important role it played in communities. As a result, he continued his role as a GP at the Southern Clinic general practice, Clovelly Park, where he was a partner from 1955 until his death. Through his work at the practice, he saw the need for community-based preventative medicine and was instrumental in the establishment of the Clovelly Park Community Health Centre (which has now been incorporated into the Marion GP Plus Centre), of which he was its first Director in 1974. Through this involvement, the South Australian Community Health Centres Association was established and in his role as its first President, he was an inaugural board member of the Noarlunga Health Service.
With the location of his general practice in an industrial area along South Road, Dr Southgate became very interested in occupational medicine and was one of the pioneers of the Australian College of Occupational Medicine. He was the medical officer to the joint Mobil-Esso refinery at Port Stanvac and saw occupational medicine as contributing an essential part of the health of people at work. Part of the role of the Clovelly Park Health Centre involved providing occupational health services to the small industrial businesses in the local community.
Dr Southgate was heavily involved with the Service to Youth Council of South Australia (SYC) in its developmental and early stages. This council continues to have a vital role today as it supports and assists young people. Focussing on 'at risk' youths, it independently provides community training and employment services.
Dr Southgate was very committed to public health but, in particular, to that of health promotion and disease prevention. His vision was to set up structures to support people in making safe, sensible choices and taking control of their lives.