Making Valuable Connections

Woodside Myanmar Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Nang Nge Nge Phoo visits two of Woodside's partners: The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The Fiona Wood Foundation.

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"These visits arranged by Woodside and the links with Woodside partners will bring me many steps closer to my aim of improving health care quality, equity and accessibility in my country, said Nang.

"I am impressed that there are people like those I met at the Harry Perkins Institute and Fiona Wood Foundation who are always trying to make the world a better place. Always looking to improve on best practice or finding a cure."

At the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Nang was fortunate to receive a tour of the facilities from Woodside Fellow, Professor Ruth Ganss. Professor Ganss is scientific head of Cancer and Cell Biology at the Perkins, and also leads her own Laboratory which is focused on finding a way to effectively treat pancreatic and liver cancer tumours.

"By working together with our partners, we are enabling Nang to see first-hand best practice medical treatment and connecting her with world-renowned medical researchers", said Jo Ferrie, Woodside Manager Social Investment.

The tour of the new burns unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital, by Professor Suzanne Rea and Associate Professor Janine Duke was a highpoint for Nang. The experience of both Suzanne, who is currently researching the role of the bone marrow, peripheral nerve and muscle responses to burn injury, as well as supervising epidemiology studies and Janine, an epidemiologist who has most recently focused her research on a population-based burn injury project (also funded by Woodside), provided a fantastic opportunity for Nang to exchange ideas and gain insights into best practice.

As a major investor in Myanmar, Woodside is committed to supporting development and reform in the country and deliver sustainable benefits to local communities.

The Woodside Myanmar Postgraduate Scholarship, provides funds for an eligible Myanmar student to complete a two-year Master of Public Health (coursework) at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Nang was awarded the scholarship based on her impressive experience of medical and development assistance across five states and regions of Myanmar.

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Woodside Myanmar Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Nang Nge Nge Phoo and Woodside Fellow, Professor Ruth Ganss from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

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L-R: Sarah Hejand, Assoc Prof Janine Duke, Nang Nge Nge Phoo, Prof Suzanne Rea at Fiona Stanley Hospital's burns unit


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