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Keynote speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor Bethan Richards

Chief Medical Wellness Officer/Director, SLHD WellMD Centre
Head, Department of Rheumatology, Royal Prince Afred Hospital
Deputy Director of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, Sydney Local Health District

Hear A/Prof Bethan Richards speak:

  • PAH Health Symposium Day 1
  • Tuesday 22 August 2023
  • 8.30am-10am


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Professor Fiona Wood - AM, FRCS, FRACSProfessor Fiona Wood - AM, FRCS, FRACS

Director, Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA)
Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children's Hospital
Winthrop Professor, School of Surgery, The University of Western Australia
Co-Founder, Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation)

Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for over 30 years. Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work with co-inventor Marie Stoner, pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), where today the technique is used worldwide.

In October 2002, Fiona was propelled into the media spotlight when the largest proportion of survivors from the 2002 Bali bombings arrived in Perth where Fiona led the medical team at Royal Perth Hospital to save many lives.

Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Western Australia Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to Medicine in the field of burns research. Fiona was then named Australian of the Year for 2005. She is an Australian Living Treasure. Fiona is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.

Fiona is married to fellow surgeon Tony Kierath and is mother to four boys and two girls.

Hear Fiona Wood speak:

  • PAH Health Symposium Day 4
  • Friday 25 August 2023
  • 8.30am–10am
Last updated 16 March 2023
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