Diversity mentors


Megan-Cain

Megan Cain

SA
Orthopaedic registrar

What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: I am a female in orthopaedics and I have been very fortunate to have a great experience. Despite these, there remains clear barriers for females in orthopaedics and this is something I would love to see changed.


Rekha-Ganeshalingam

Rekha Ganeshalingam

Geelong, VIC
Adult and paediatric orthopaedic surgeon

Background: Global nomad – strong connections to many countries and cultures from all around the world; mother of three; orthopaedic surgeon (paediatrics and adult, regional Victoria)
Languages spoken: English, Maori. Basic understanding of Tamil, Telegu, Hindi, French
What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: I believe that inclusion and acceptance of doctors from all backgrounds allows us to maintain strength and success in our specialty. 


Juliette Gentle
Juliette Gentle

VIC
General orthopaedic surgeon, Head of Unit 

Background: Born in Australia, Scottish/British heritage. English speaking
What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: As OWL Chair, I have developed a growing awareness of diversity and cultural inclusion, alongside broader community and business awareness of these issues
Personal interests: I enjoy running and fitness and have an interest in health and wellbeing. 


Jenny-Green

Jennifer Green
ACT
Hand and wrist surgeon

Background/languages spoken: Anglo-Celtic/English and rusty French
What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: Previous AOA Cultural Inclusion member and proposer of this AOA initiative, past AOA OWL Chair, current AOA Champions of Change member and International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance founder and vice-president
Personal interests: literature, running, photography, art, theatre, and cinema. 


Madeleine Jolley

Madeleine Jolley
WA
Orthopaedic trainee

Background/languages spoken: Caucasian/English
What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: As a woman in orthopaedics, and a member of the LGBTQI+ community I am deeply invested in increasing cultural inclusion in orthopaedics. I have a wife and 4 year old daughter, I am currently pregnant with our second. I have two dogs and spend as much spare time outside as possible. I believe that mentoring is an integral part of making orthopaedics a more accessible and enjoyable career for all. I have had a series of excellent mentors across several states and hope for the same for all budding orthopods. 

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Chris Morrey
Cairns, QLD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, AOA First Vice-President

Languages spoken: English, can get by with Indonesian
What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: Recent chair of the Cultural Inclusion Committee. Very passionate about orthopaedics being all inclusive.

Interested in sport, music and wine, and I love to teach.

Anthony-Murray

Anthony Murray
Sunshine Coast, QLD
Orthopaedic surgeon, interested in trauma and arthroplasty 

Background: Aboriginal Australian

What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: First Indigenous orthopaedic surgeon, AOA Cultural Inclusion Working Group Chair, and RACS Indigenous Health Committee member



Buki-Oloruntoba

Olubukola (Buki) Oloruntoba

Whyalla, SA
Orthopaedic surgeon 

Background: Born in Nigeria, Schooled in South Africa. Heritage is Nigerian.

Personal interests: Apart from ortho, sports, music, hiking, and photography, I am also involved with different community and church groups.

Happy to help and be available as a mentor for interested candidates.


Travis-Perera

Travis Perera

VIC
Orthopaedic surgeon (retired) 

Background/languages spoken: Sri Lankan by birth. Speak some Sinhalese. 
What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: The greater the inclusion and participation of peoples of different ethnicities the greater the likelihood of peace and harmony and exchange of knowledge is likely to be.

I have worked in Sri Lanka, the UK and now in Australia, and have been exposed to a wide range of cultures and ideas. I know personally how difficult it can be to be recognised and accepted.

The acceptance and encouragement of people from various ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds is imperative if we aim to improve the lives and livelihoods of all individuals.


Jai-Sungaran

Jai Sungaran

Sydney, NSW
Orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon

Background and languages spoken: My ethnic background is Singaporean/Indian. I speak Tamil and can understand some Malay. 
What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: Diversity brings talent from multiple areas and backgrounds, which we may not have recognised. Inclusion for me is about finding ways to connect with our diverse orthopaedic membership and incorporating their strengths and ideas. I trained at a time where diversity and inclusion was joked about as the reason I was selected. I want to support other registrars and non trainees on their path through training and move us to a time where we won’t have to work towards diversity and inclusion because it would be normal.


Andrew-Wines

Andrew Wines
NSW
Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon

Background: Aussie

What is your experience and interest in cultural inclusion within orthopaedics?: AOA Champions of Change Chair and International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance Treasurer