Inaugural NSW Women in Surgery Leadership award announced

Monday, 28 February 2022

The University of Newcastle’s Associate Professor Amanda Dawson is the first recipient of the prestigious Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW Women in Surgery Leadership award.

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Associate Professor Amanda Dawson

The inaugural award was established to recognise and honour female surgeons who have demonstrated leadership in the field of surgery.

Recognised for her work on the Central Coast through programs such as Near-Peer Medical Teaching,  Associate Professor Dawson is helping to create a local sustainable academic pathway for medical students and junior doctors.

Associate Professor Dawson is the Clinical Dean for the University’s Central Coast Clinical School and holds key national leadership roles for the Australian Medical Council and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – demonstrating experience within the medical educational continuum from course delivery to assessment, national accreditation, and policy development.

The award, which is sponsored by the NSW Government, was presented by the NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff at Surgeons’ Evening on the 25 February at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.

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