Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation.
Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), which greatly reduces permanent scarring in burns victims.
Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. In 2005 she won the Western Australia Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to Medicine in the field of burns research. That same year her contribution to burns care was recognised through Australia’s highest accolade when she was named Australian of the Year for 2005. 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.
We are living in a time where science and technology are advancing at an ever increasing rate. Harnessing the power of that science and technology into clinical practice is an ever increasing challenge.
The exponential growth in science and technology is awe inspiring. It certainly holds promise to improve the quality of life from health to the environment. However it is worth noting that the exponential growth is possible in controlled systems where experiments can be designed to investigate a single variable. Clinical medicine is a fusion of experience and knowledge delivered to improve the life of an individual.
However, the challenges we face relate not only to the individual and the health system, but to the whole community. Understanding the drivers to health and wellness and the decisions made individually and collectively underpin the opportunities for improvement in health care.