It’s nearing the end of June and as promised, we are proud to announce our first judge for the event! She is none other than our amazing founding patron: Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood.
Professor Wood is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in the field of burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction. She is also the Director of the WA Burns Service of Western Australia and a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital.
Her research as Chairperson through the Burn Injury Research Unit UWA and the Fiona Wood Foundation is focused on scar-less healing. In bringing basic science to the bedside the aim is to build a unique capacity to facilitate direct research collaborations between researchers and practitioners across basic science, clinical care and clinical outcomes. The research includes all facets of burn care, from injury prevention to acute care on to long term outcomes undertaken in collaboration with the multidisciplinary burn care teams, is essential to provide a clear evidence-based practice.
Professor Wood has also been involved in a number of education and disaster response programmes associated with her interest in burns and has presented and published a variety of papers over the years. In addition, she has been the recipient of the 2003 Australian Medical Association “Contribution to Medicine’ Award and an Order of Australia Medal for work with Bali bombing victims.
Professor Wood was named West Australian of the Year for 2004, and was nominated as a National Living Treasure and Australian Citizen of the Year in 2004. She was again named West Australian of the Year for 2005, and received the honour of being named Australian of the Year in 2005. Fiona and Marie Stoner, co-founders of Clinical Cell Culture, now Avita medical, won the 2005 Clunies Ross Award for their contributions to Medical Science in Australia.