Fiona Wood

Professor Fiona Wood is one of Australia’s most innovative and respected surgeons and researchers. She has pioneered in research and technology development in burns medicine and she has even developed spray on skin.


Professor Wood and her team have been at the forefront of crisis response to various world events. For example, they treated 28 patients in the aftermath of the Bali bombings in 2002 with Professor Wood coordinating a major operation involving four operating theatres; 19 surgeons and 130 medical staff who worked around the clock to save lives and improve the quality of life of the 25 who survived.

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#ExceptionalStories feat Fiona Wood


Celebrating Exceptional Doctors.

What drives doctors to #BeExceptional? These doctors are living examples in different ways and they are here to share their story with you.

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  • Fiona Wood's Exceptional Story

    Professor Fiona Wood is one of Australia’s most innovative and respected surgeons and researchers. She has pioneered research and technology development in burns medicine and is renowned for the development of spray on skin.

    Fiona Wood's Key Topics of Thought

    Four key ideas from Dr Sam Hazeldine’s interview with pioneering researcher and surgeon Fiona Wood. Find out more about Fiona, who developed spray on skin for burns victims here and listen to the full podcast right here.

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  • Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last

    Three days ago, I was standing in the surf when the lifeguards pulled his limp body from the water. It was about two in the afternoon. The day was warm, the water chill, the sky and sea blue as parrot feathers. The air smelled of coconut sun block. In the distance, a stereo boomed a Taylor Swift song. The lifeguards began CPR. When they turned his head to the side, some water came out. A few feet from me, a lifeguard blocked a young woman from coming closer. "He's my husband!" she screamed. A toddler, clung tight to her leg, sobbing.

    Five Steps to Creating a Peer Group that Lifts You Up

    In the 1930s C.S. Lewis started a small literary group called the Inklings. The group started with J.R.R. Tolkien, and eventually included others like Owen Barfield and Charles Williams. The influence on works in progress of the different members was huge. Lewis actually scrapped the first draft of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe after his friends heard some chapters. They considered it “so bad that I destroyed it,” he said. It’s very difficult to discount the influence of our peers.

    Mindfulness – new age rah rah or real?

    There’s a lot of talk about mindfulness these days, with some pretty big benefit claims. But is this just new age rah rah or are there real, demonstrated, benefits of mindfulness? And more specifically, is it of benefit to doctors? Five key benefits of mindfulness training According to “Doing and Being: Mindfulness, Health, and Quiet Ego Characteristics among Buddhist Practitioners,” the 2011 research article that published the survey results in the Journal of Happiness Studies (12(4): 575-589), there were five key ways that mindfulness training increased physical and mental health:   It strengthened immune system and physiological responses to stress and negative emotions. It improved social relationships with family and strangers. It reduced stress, depression, and anxiety and increased well-being and happiness. It increased openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness and reduced negative associations with neuroticism. It led to greater psychological mindfulness, which included an awareness that is clear, nonconceptual, and flexible; a practical stance toward reality; and present attention to the individual’s consciousness and awareness. "One of the surprising findings of this study and what some others are coming up with is how much of a difference it makes to focus your mind and calm down. It actually makes a large difference in your well-being.” Meditative mindfulness practices have been shown to positively alter the structure and neural patterns in the brain and strengthen the brain regions associated with heightened sensory processing and empathetic response. Therefore, individuals who regularly practices mindfulness training are quite literally reforming the structure of their brains to achieve desired outcomes. “We are finding more and more that the human brain is quite adaptable, as we have learnt that the brain reroutes information through new neuropathways, so in addition to the mind being adaptable, the brain too has this quality,” author of a study conducted at Northern Arizona University, Bruce Sullivan explains. Individuals who said they meditated even once a day reported greater psychological mindfulness.  

    The Shift by Dr Sam Hazledine

    Check out Dr Sam's development theory 'The Shift' and learn how to Ponder , Pause and Prepare.