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Re­con­struc­tive sur­geon and burns spe­cial­ist, Dr Fiona Wood, will be speaker at this year’s Women of Strength Lun­cheon on Fri­day, July 20.

In the af­ter­math of the 2002 Bali bomb­ings, Dr. Wood and her team worked tire­lessly to care for burn vic­tims.

“It was a chal­leng­ing time, but the team and I con­sid­ered it a priv­i­lege to help peo­ple to heal and it led to great learn­ing,” said Dr Wood. She ex­plained that, de­spite it be­ing a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, it gave the team an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand how to do bet­ter. “It’s a ques­tion of how we can learn from to­day to make to­mor­row bet­ter”.

The team used “spray-on skin” cell tech­nol­ogy, de­vel­oped by Dr Wood and col­leagues in the early 90s, to treat the burn vic­tims and min­imise scar­ring.

In recog­ni­tion for her work dur­ing the Bali bomb­ings, Dr. Wood was named a mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia in 2003.

The lun­cheon will once again be in sup­port of the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion and all pro­ceeds will go to­wards as­sist­ing the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal Emer­gency De­part­ment.

“I think part of strength­en­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and our so­ci­ety, is to help each other to be the best we can be. Be kind to each other”, said Dr Wood.

“It’s im­por­tant that we all recog­nise we’ve got gifts to give, and to ac­tu­ally sup­port that con­tri­bu­tion and that en­gage­ment.” Dr Wood im­plored peo­ple to spread good news sto­ries.

Over the years, the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion has pro­vided more than $9 mil­lion to the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal, the Bail­lie Hen­der­son Hos­pi­tal, and the Mt Lofty Heights Nurs­ing Home, in equip­ment, staff, de­vel­op­ment, re­search and schol­ar­ships.

Ev­ery do­na­tion, no mat­ter how big or small, makes a great dif­fer­ence to the lives of pa­tients of th­ese health care in­sti­tu­tions and all do­na­tions over $2 are fully tax de­ductible.

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