Congratulations to HISA Board Member, the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Dr Kudzai Kanhutu who has been recognised as one of the Superstars of STEM by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews, and Science & Technology Australia (STA).

Now in its fifth year, Superstars of STEM have celebrated Australian female scientists and technologists, while smashing society’s gender assumptions about scientists and their roles and responsibilities.

STA says it started Superstars of STEM to create a critical mass of celebrity Australian female scientists and technologists – role models for young women and girls – and to work towards equal representation in the media of women and men working in all fields in STEM.

Dr Kanhutu MBBS (Hons); BA/BSc; MPH; FRACP is an infectious diseases physician, telehealth Clinical lead and Deputy Medical Information Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

A self-confessed health tech nerd she is on the Board of HISA and clinical reference lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency. This year she will chair the annual conference HIC, in Melbourne.

Kudzai says her desire to apply technical solutions to health problems arose from her professional and personal experiences of health inequality in her birth country Zimbabwe and working in rural and regional Australia.

In 2017 she was jointly awarded the Victorian Public Healthcare award for excellence in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse care in 2017. This award acknowledged clinical innovation through the development and implementation of a purpose-built electronic health record as well as a telehealth model of care for remote management of refugee patients.

Kudzai’s current research undertakings are in the areas of virtual care, digital literacy and the impact of housing stress on refugee health outcomes