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Dr April Wong and Professor Andrew Spillane

The academic position of Associate Professor Andrew Spillane in Surgical Oncology at the Mater is funded by some of the Foundation’s longest-standing benefactors.

Since 2012, the Foundation has also provided grants to support a Fellowship Program in the areas of breast cancer and melanoma surgery. The Fellowships give clinicians the opportunity to gain experience in the highly-specialised areas of breast and melanoma surgery. The Mater Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in Sydney providing this specialist training.

April Wong

Dr April Wong, 2012 Inaugural Fellowship Program Recipient

During the Fellowship year I was exposed to various benign and malignant breast pathologies, and performed a wide range of breast operations, including oncoplastic and reconstructive surgeries. I also had the opportunity to work at the Melanoma Institute of Australia where I learnt how to manage and operate on melanoma patients in simple or complicated settings. Most importantly, I learnt how to provide the best possible patient care in all aspects of clinical practice.

Dr April Wong, 2012 Inaugural Fellowship Program Recipient

Rebecca Read

Dr Rebecca Read, 2013 Fellow

I’m honoured to be the recipient of this Fellowship, because it allows me to work with some of Australia’s leading breast and melanoma surgeons, whilst gaining further experience in surgical decision-making and technique. The opportunity to attend multidisciplinary meetings for both breast cancer and melanoma patients is providing valuable clinical experience, and I’m conducting a number of clinical research projects in both fields with a view to improving our understanding and treatment of these diseases.

Dr Rebecca Read, 2013 Fellow