RPH Junior Doctor in the running for top honours

June 3, 2014

When Sonia Chanchlani, Registrar at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) started her medical education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she never thought she would be a finalist for the WA Junior Doctor of the Year Award.

Moving to Perth five years ago, while rotating through a variety of medical departments, Sonia was unsure of which direction to take in her clinical training. Her work with the Junior Medical Officer Clinical Redesign and Leadership programme inspired her efforts towards being part of the positive change she wanted to see in health.

“I feel fortunate to work with teams that are able to make positive changes in the quality of care we deliver for our patients,” said Sonia.

While working as a registrar with the Medical Director and towards a fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Sonia also works part-time at King Edward Memorial Hospital, retaining a clinical role at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre.

Sonia’s accomplishments at Royal Perth Hospital includes involvement with the Redesign Project in the psychiatry ward, the current revamp of the after hours model of care, and her work towards implementing a JMO mentorship programme.

“Medicine is a profession that impacts people in a way that other professions don’t always offer,” Sonia said.

“The ability to change someone’s life through the delivery of quality healthcare is a responsibility I feel privileged to share.”  

The WA Junior Doctor of the Year Award was established in 2010 and recognises outstanding contributions of junior doctors in education, leadership and advocacy and community service. To find out more about the awards, visit the Australian Medical Association WA website (external site)