Ipoh Girl Wins Prestigious Women’s Health Award

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Dr Danielle Wilkins, Women's Health Discipline Coordinator in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, presented the award to Balveena

A fourth-year medical student from Ipoh, Balveena Dhaliwal, won the 2009 RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) Women’s Health Award.

Balveena, 23, who is in the MBBS programme at Monash University’s Sunway campus, was recognised for her clinical excellence.

She obtained the highest mark of any student in the Monash medical curriculum for clinical skills in women’s health, as determined by the Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and in-semester academic grading.

Senior Deputy Dean and Deputy Dean (International) Professor Leon Piterman praised Balveena’s achievement and the significance of the award going to a student at Sunway campus.

“Monash in Malaysia is unique in offering the only Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery programme delivered outside Australia or New Zealand that is fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council”, Professor Piterman said.

“Balveena has demonstrated through winning this prestigious national award that the commitment to achieving excellence at Monash extends across all campuses.”

Professor David Healy, head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology based at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, Australia, expressed his delight at Balveena’s performance receiving recognition by RANZCOG, the professional college dedicated to the establishment of a high standard of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health.

“Monash is at the forefront of research into women’s health, and from a teaching perspective, the ability for students to acquire superior physical examination skills through exposure to operating theatres and special clinics is of particular importance.

“Balveena has excelled in this area and we are all very proud of her achievement, a first for a student from our Malaysian campus,” he added.

A special presentation was held in Melbourne for Faculty friends and colleagues to celebrate Balveena’s award, attended by her mother, Mrs Naminder Dhaliwal.

Balveena is the eldest of the three children of Pantai Hospital Ipoh’s resident Paediatrician Dr. Kuldeep Dhaliwal. She was born in Ipoh and did her early education in Main Convent. She hopes to be a gynaecologist.