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Sankar SINHA OAM

Year of Award: 2001 Award State: Tasmania Health And Medicine > General
To further expand my knowledge of clinical advances in wound treatment - USA
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My Churchill Fellowship was to expand my knowledge about chronic wound management, which is a serious health problem, especially in the elderly population in Australia. The highlight of my trip was a visit to the Hermann Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing at the Texas Medical Centre in Houston.

The things I learnt there were later applied at the Royal Hobart Hospital Wound Clinic (which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year). The clinic delivers best practice care to its patients and also provides teaching, research and training to medical and nursing students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our wound clinic staff, including myself, have been awarded several honours: I received the Order of Australia Medal for contribution to medical education and wound care in 2005.

My gardening hobby is similar in many ways to wound care: for example, plants, like wounds, require an optimal moisture balance (not too dry and not too wet); they also need macro- and micronutrients and regular weeding (equivalent to the debridement of a chronic wound to get rid of unwanted materials).

I enjoy teaching enormously, and have been fortunate to receive multiple teaching awards locally, nationally and internationally; I have no plans to retire from this role. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

Awards and Honours

  • 2005 awarded Medal of the Order of Australia for service to medicine, particularly through wound care practice, and to medical education.
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