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The Women’s Doc

Caroline’s new book was released by Allen and Unwin on 4th May 2021. Written byy invitation from the publishers, The Women’s Doc contains 73 pieces, some short, some longer, with stories of Caroline’s practice in medicine and particularly women’s health, over fifty years.  Included too are many stories from Ireland, Australia and Papua-New Guinea about […]

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Caroline returns her order of Australia

Caroline was awarded the AM, the Membership of the Order of Australia, in June 2014. She was honoured and humbled to receive the award, which was for her service in the area of healthcare for Aboriginal and recently-arrived immigrant women. She appreciated then, and appreciates now, the work and convictions of those people who made […]

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Hidden Lives out now

Hidden Lives The prequel to the Cass Diamond series. It seems a perfect beach in tropical north Queensland, yet a sign marks the site where fifteen Aboriginal people were massacred more than a century before. Then on a sunny morning in 2002 the body of a young Aboriginal woman washes up on the sand. Accident […]

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The Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Women’s Crime and Mystery Short Story Competition Since 1995, the Scarlett Stiletto Awards have celebrated short stories, written by Australian women and featuring a strong female protagonist. In the 2020 Awards Caroline was Highly Commended for two stories: Combustible and Love in the time of coronavirus. Owing to the latter condition sweeping the planet, the […]

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Writer of crime fiction

Double Madness Review – Sydney Morning Herald

It’s always a pleasure to see a good new crime novelist appear in the Australian ranks. Caroline de Costa is a professor in the School of Medicine on the Cairns campus of James Cook University, and both her tropical address and her medical knowledge have provided some excellent background material for her debut novel, which […]

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