Visionary doctor in the house

Royal Perth Hospital medical administration registrar and junior doctor of the year finalist Sonia Chanchlani. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d420583
Royal Perth Hospital medical administration registrar and junior doctor of the year finalist Sonia Chanchlani. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d420583

Dr Chanchlani moved to Perth five years ago after studying in Ireland and said initially she was not sure where she wanted to direct her medical career.

‘I didn’t know what area I wanted to specialise in, so I was rotating through a lot of specialities trying to find something that fitted and never really found anything,’ she said.

This led to her accepting a scholarship to work on the Junior Medical Officer Clinical Redesign and Leadership program, which subsequently helped her find her speciality and she is now working towards a fellowship with the Royal College of Medical Administration.

Dr Chanchlani said her role at the hospital empowered her to make improvements for staff and patients.

‘I want to be an advocate, not only for patients but also for other doctors,’ Dr Chanchlani said.

‘The ability to change someone’s life through the delivery of quality healthcare is a responsibility I feel privileged to share. In the end, I want to do something that makes a difference.’

She balances her administrative role and study requirements with part-time work at the Sexual Assault Resource Centre at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Dr Chanchlani said the awards highlighted the input and influence young doctors have in medicine.

‘I’m glad that people are recognising junior doctor contributions to health,’ she said. ‘And I think it is important for junior doctors to have someone to advocate for them.’

The WA Junior Doctor of the Year Award winner will be named on June 7.