In­spir­ing sub­stance

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Denise S. Cahill

Dr Anh Nguyen (pic­tured) is among 35 ‘Women of Sub­stance’ hand­picked by phi­lan­thropist Ros Wor­thing­ton for their guts, de­ter­mi­na­tion and re­silience to in­spire guests at a Breast Can­cer Care WA fundraiser at Fraser’s, Kings Park this month.

WHEN Dr Anh Nguyen met Oprah Win­frey in Perth three years ago, the talk show host and phi­lan­thropist told her to “speak the truth”.

This res­onated with the Trigg plas­tic sur­geon, who was bul­lied dur­ing her train­ing and early ca­reer and worked in a prac­tice for 20 months with­out be­ing paid.

“You need guts and courage to stand up to those who aren’t do­ing the right thing and the bul­lies I en­coun­tered through train­ing and in my early pro­fes­sional days,” Dr Anh said.

It is this guts and courage that ap­pealed to phi­lan­thropist Ros Wor­thing­ton when she was choos­ing 35 ‘Women of Sub­stance’ for a Breast Can­cer Care WA fundraiser.

“Re­silience, de­ter­mi­na­tion and guts… they need to have those val­ues to em­power other women,” Dr Wor­thing­ton said.

On Septem­ber 21, the phi­lan­thropist is bring­ing 35 ac­com­plished women to­gether at Fraser’s, Kings Park, who will each sit with a ta­ble of guests to in­spire them through con­ver­sa­tion.

Dr Anh, a mother of three, is one of them and has plenty of sto­ries of re­silience, de­ter­mi­na­tion and guts to share.

“When I was preg­nant with my first child, one of the sur­geons said ‘you ob­vi­ously don’t take your ca­reer se­ri­ously’ and that was the tone through­out my early ca­reer,” she said.

“I didn’t need spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion be­cause I was a woman or a mum.

“I worked Christ­mas and all the days mums with kids would nor­mally take off to prove I could do it.”

Four years ago, Dr Anh opened her first clinic in Perth.

“Three years af­ter that I opened at Crown and now I have a skin care range and train­ing acad­emy,” she said.­mu­ni­

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Dr Anh Nguyen will be one of the Women of Sub­stance at a fundraiser.

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