“The future is really being able to treat them in a way in that they can be cured simply and go on and live a normal life.”

Professor Catherine Cole MB BS is a paediatric oncologist working with children and their families at Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Cathy combines being on the wards with scientifically based lab work to achieve much-improved outcomes for kids with cancer and offer more hope to their families.

Cathy graduated from the UWA Medical School in 1985 and, after undertaking her residency at Royal Perth Hospital and spending time broadening her experiences in Canada, she returned home to Perth to promote a scientific approach to medicine. She is currently a practising paediatric oncologist, Stan Perron Chair of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Paediatrics and Acting Head of UWA’s School of Biomedical Sciences.

Professor Catherine Cole

Professor Catherine Cole MB BS

UWA Medical School's 60-year anniversary

Citing UWA’s strong international reputation and close research ties to hospitals across the globe as keys to success, Cathy says the step-change improvements resulting from ongoing clinical trials have impacts at home and beyond.

“Certainly we are very lucky to be able to say that the treatment children being treated in Western Australia have is as good as anywhere in the world and that’s incredibly encouraging for families,” Cathy says.

With fond memories of her time as a medical student, Cathy says graduates are very proud of coming from UWA and it’s important to remind the community how grateful they are that it is from the community that the Medical School arose 60 years ago.

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