2016 Greg Urwin Awardee-Dr. Laila Sauduadua
Dr. Sauduadua holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and a Masters of Medicine in Paediatrics from the Fiji School of Medicine. She has more than ten years of experience working in Fiji and in her current role works with children with cancer. Dr. Laila is also a member of the Pacific Islands Childhood Cancer Group that supports the development of cancer care and supports the care of patients.
Through the Greg Urwin Awards, Dr. Laila applied for a placement at the Christchurch Hospital Oncology Department . She hopes that the placement provided by the Greg Urwin Award will assist her establish the Child Cancer Research Registry for the Pacific. Research has informed the care of children in the past and it essential that there is data on the incidence of child cancer. Dr. Sauduadua said New Zealand has an established database that is being adapted for use in the Pacific.
For Dr. Laila, the Greg Urwin Award offers a unique opportunity to improve childhood cancer management in terms of increasing survival, improved quality of care, quality diagnostic services, and advocacy for children with cancer.