Australian of the Year Alumnus Professor Fiona Wood reflects on Bali bombings 20 years on

  • 21 October 2022

In 2002, the world was rocked when three bombs were detonated in the middle of the popular tourist spot, Kuta, in Bali. The explosion killed 202 people, of whom 88 were Australian.

This month marked the 20th anniversary of the horrendous terrorist attack, with the nation remembering and honouring those who lost their lives, those who suffered life-changing injuries and those who supported the victims.

Plastic surgeon and Director of the Burns Service of WA, Professor Fiona Wood AM, was instrumental in helping and healing the injured victims of the bombings. For her groundbreaking spray-on skin, ReCell, she was named the 2005 Australian of the Year.

Now, a new book, ‘Under Her Skin’, has been published to detail the life and work of Professor Wood, including her experience of the aftermath of the tragic event. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Fiona Wood Foundation.

“I know that I have been fortunate in having an education and training such that 20 years ago I was able to lead the burn team to respond to those injured in the Bali bombings,” said Fiona. “There is no greater privilege than being able to help those in need. As the window to my world opened, I was able to reach out, connect and share all those good news stories that are in our community. For all the support in what we do and all the care of those around us, I would like to say thank you.”

woman smiling at camera on book cover with title Under Her Skin

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