Sur­geon shares ex­pe­ri­ence with stu­dents

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

OR­THOPAEDIC sur­geon Kather­ine Stan­nage says she has to work harder, longer and bet­ter to prove she is just as ca­pa­ble as her male coun­ter­parts.

Dr Stan­nage said she had to learn the hard way not to feel iso­lated de­spite be­ing one of only three fe­male or­thopaedic sur­geons in WA.

The for­mer Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent is a sur­geon at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal and spoke to cur­rent PLC stu­dents at an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day (IWD) as­sem­bly last Fri­day.

Dr Stan­nage joked that be­cause there were very few women in her field of work, she rarely had to wait in line for the toi­let.

“I can’t be­lieve it’s been 25 years since I was last sit­ting here,” she said.

“When I was younger, I loved go­ing to foot­ball games with my dad but I es­pe­cially loved it when peo­ple got in­jured.

“Sport has al­ways been im­por­tant to me and I am hop­ing to run my first marathon in New York this year.”

Dr Stan­nage is in­volved in over­seas aid and devel­op­ment in Tonga, the Solomon Is­lands and Mada­gas­car.

“Re­silience and per­se­ver­ance are im­por­tant but so is com­pas­sion,” she said.

Prin­ci­pal Beth Black­wood said IWD hon­oured the work of the suf­fragettes who fought for women to have the right to vote, but also served as a re­minder of the in­equal­i­ties that still ex­isted be­tween men and women.

“Women will earn less than their male coun­ter­parts in the same job,” Ms Black­wood said.

“One in five women will ex­pe­ri­ence do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.”

Ms Black­wood said there were still very few women in lead­er­ship and man­age­rial po­si­tions at se­nior lev­els.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d434419

PLC head girl Kate Wil­son and prin­ci­pal Beth Black­wood with Dr Kather­ine Stan­nage.

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