Dr Kate Stannage has won the prestigious 2018 Women and Leadership Award for Western Australia. The Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership recognise the contribution of women at a National and State/Territory level to the advancement of gender equality across Australia. More specifically the awards recognise individual women that have, through their actions, improved the likelihood of other women within their field of endeavour having greater access to leadership equality. Created in 2014 and nominated by members of the WLA community, the underlying purpose of the awards is to increase visibility and momentum for the push for Australian women to receive equitable access to leadership positions across all industries and the broader community.

Dr Stannage is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon working at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH). She completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Western Australia and graduated from orthopaedic training in 2008. She went on to do post-fellowship training in paediatrics, with a special interest in neuromuscular conditions and 3-dimensional gait analysis.

Kate is currently Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at PMH. She is President of the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, making her the first female president of an orthopaedic subspecialty organisation. Kate has previously sat on the board of Healthy Hips Australia and is currently on the board of Australian Doctors for Africa.

Her research interests are in the field of neuromuscular muscle morphology and function and she lectures at both the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame Australia. She has spent time volunteering and teaching in the Solomon Islands, is an active lecturer with the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association, and works with Australian Doctors for Africa to establish clubfoot treatment clinics in Madagascar and Somaliland.

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