Awards for Islanders

The Fiji Times Online:

Friday, 12 February 2016

Pediatrician Dr Laila Sauduadua has her eyes set on gaining as much knowledge as possible from the Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand and share that knowledge to benefit Fijians and Pacific Islanders.

Dr Sauduadua is one of the five Pacific Islanders who received the 2016 Greg Urwin Award this week at the Australian High Commission in Suva on Wednesday.

She received financial support and a six-month placement at the Christchurch Hospital's Oncology Department.

"I am honoured to receive the award and work with specialists and children with cancer," Dr Sauduadua said.

"I plan to observe everything so I can come back and share and implement what I have learnt. I hope to establish a database in Fiji for children with cancer."

Chairperson of the awards selection committee, Dame Meg Taylor, said the awardees were emerging leaders of the Pacific region.

"The applications we received were of very high calibre and the awardees indicated their passion in their respective fields," she said.

"They also demonstrated that their placements will not only provide them with professional experience but also to assist them in developing their leadership capacity and contribute positively to their countries and the region."

Another recipient, Solomon Island research nurse Hillary Toloka, said through this award, he would be able to facilitate research on health issues between international and local counterparts.

"Gaining access to health services is very hard in our country and through these researches, we hope to improve community health using the fastest and easiest ways possible," he said.

"Being placed at James Cook University in Australia will equip me with skills to implement a wider range of health research."

The other recipients are Adi Talanaivini from Tonga, Melino Bain-Vete of Fiji and Zuabe Tinning from Papua New Guinea.

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