Professor Christobel Saunders

Credited for putting breast cancer surgery on the map, one of WA’s most prominent research-focused surgeons is headed for Victoria. Professor Christobel Saunders is taking on the position of James Stewart Chair of Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The fee for walk-in patients at St John of God Murdoch’s emergency department has increased to $295. The hospital argues this is to ensure it can see the sickest patients, following months of the ED being over-capacity and having to turn away ambulances. The fee does not apply to those arriving by ambulance.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing researcher Professor Christopher Lawrence is the first Dean of Indigenous Engagement at Curtin University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, where he will help extend cultural understanding and open up career pathways for Indigenous students.

The WA Primary Health Alliance has two new board members. Diana Forsyth is experienced in health leadership and governance, and Professor Jane den Hollander is Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University and Chair of Global Health Alliance.

Telethon Kids Institute director Professor Jonathan Carapetis has received an Honorary Doctor of Medicine from Curtin University in recognition of his contribution to medicine and healthcare.

TKI has been awarded more than $5 million in investigator grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council for childhood respiratory, anaesthesia and mental health research.