60 years of stories

From New York to Syria, and right here in WA, UWA Medical School graduates and staff have made an incredible impact on the quality and availability of healthcare.

  • Helen Milroy – Australia's first indigenous doctor

    Dr Helen Milroy didn’t realise it at the time, but when she graduated in 1985 she became Australia’s first indigenous doctor.

  • Helping WA's remote communities see a better future

    Dr Angus Turner has combined his love of the outback and his passion for eye health to forge an extraordinary medical career.

  • A brighter future for kids with cancer

    Professor Catherine Cole MB BS is a paediatric oncologist working with children and their families at Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

  • Home at the heart of graduate's journey

    Despite incredible adversity, Vinka Barunga is resolved in pursuing her dream of being Derby's first Aboriginal doctor.

  • A fair go at good health

    Pilbara doctor and founder of the not-for-profit Fair Game, Dr John van Bockxmeer is using recycled sporting equipment as a means to end health inequality.

  • Trials for change in a mesothelioma hot spot

    Professor Anna Nowak treats the majority of people in WA with mesothelioma, a disease rare in most parts of the world but less so in WA.

  • Revving up the Australian start-up scene

    Dr Marcus Tan is helping to solve complex issues for patients and providers in the health care system, through HealthEngine.

  • Full circle for RCS obstetrician

    When Dr Chieh Cheng was a student at the Rural Clinical School in Geraldton she witnessed the birth of her supervisor’s first child, and in 2014 one of her own students helped to deliver her baby daughter.

  • Giving a voice to the voiceless

    Annie Sparrow’s passion has taken her from Perth to the frontline of the Syrian crisis. Today, she’s pursuing the impossible by providing a voice for those who cannot speak.

  • From Broome to Narrogin with RCS

    Megan Hardie has seen the growth – and the benefits – of the Rural Clinical School from both sides; firstly as a student in the school’s early years and now as an RCS Medical Coordinator in the Wheatbelt centre of Narrogin, 192 kilometres south-east of Perth.

  • Bright future for passionate graduate

    Dr Robert Marshall, winner of a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US, aims to improve healthcare services and health outcomes for disadvantaged populations.

  • Tackling debilitating clinical anxiety disorders

    Through research and psychiatry practice, Professor Sean Hood seeks to creatively and intellectually challenge the axioms of psychiatry and routine healthcare to achieve lasting impact.

  • Teaching legacy lives on

    Emeritus Professor Denis Kermode was instrumental in guiding numerous UWA Medical School students through their medical careers, while also helping to establish the international reputation of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

  • A "MASTER" of research

    John Rigg's leadership of the MASTER Trial in anaesthesia drove the establishment of a national Clinical Trials Network, winning him the ANZCA Robert Orton Medal.

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