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Could a sur­geon from Fre­man­tle tonight be named…

CHRISTOBEL Saun­ders’ in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned work in on­col­ogy and cancer re­search has placed her in rare air tonight as a fi­nal­ist for the WA Aus­tralian of the Year award. The Fre­man­tle res­i­dent and past WA Sci­en­tist of the Year win­ner is one of four West Aus­tralians vy­ing for the hon­our that was be­stowed this year on Thai cave res­cuers Richard Har­ris and Craig Challen.

The long-time con­sul­tant sur­geon is con­sid­ered one of the coun­try’s lead­ers in sur­gi­cal prac­tice and cancer re­search, whose work and ad­vo­cacy has trans­formed med­i­cal prac­tices, lead­ing to bet­ter treat­ments and im­proved sur­vival rates for peo­ple with cancer.

In Perth, she is in­volved with Perth Breast Care in Su­bi­aco, op­er­ates at St John of God Su­bi­aco and serves on nu­mer­ous boards, pan­els of gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity groups.

The 56-year-old is also con­sid­ered a men­tor to the next generation of sur­geons, sci­en­tists and young women.

In 2017, she was named WA Premier’s Sci­en­tist of the Year for her con­tri­bu­tion to the bet­ter­ment of the health of the com­mu­nity.

Trauma sur­geon Sud­hakar Rao, chief sci­en­tist Peter Klinken and Fog­a­rty Foun­da­tion founder Annie Fog­a­rty are also in the run­ning to be the state’s nom­i­nee for the na­tional award, with the win­ner to be con­firmed at Gov­ern­ment House this evening.

Sur­geon Christobel Saun­ders

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