OUR AUSSIE HERO
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