Skip links and keyboard navigation

Far north in focus for Logan-based doctor

15 August 2023

Lisa Waia was six-years-old and living in a Cape York community of just 300 people when she first told her father that she was going to be a doctor.

Now, at the age of 30, she is on track to become one of Queensland's newest ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons.

Last month, Dr Waia, who hails from a tiny community of Seisia just west of Bamaga in Queensland's far north, got word she had secured a place to undertake training with the Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS).

She will now spend the next five years working at posts across the state operating with senior surgeons, running clinics and gaining experience on the path to becoming a registrar.

The news comes just months after Dr Waia moved to southeast Queensland to tackle a role of Principal House Officer at the Logan Hospital ENT unit.

Her career 'end game', as she describes it, is to service the rural and indigenous communities around the Cape York Peninsula as a surgeon.

"Growing up in rural far north Queensland, obviously there's a massive burden of ear disease, so otology is something that I am really passionate about," Dr Waia said.

"So hopefully when I do become a surgeon in the future, that's an aspect of ENT that I would like to pursue and just be able to deliver that kind of care out to the communities in far north Queensland."

Fellow Logan-based clinician Michael Schachtel was also accepted to undertake training through ASOHNS.

Last updated 15 August 2023
Last reviewed 15 August 2023

Other news

Tailored wheelchairs spin a new chapter in Rehab at Logan

Shortly after his 21st birthday, Xzavier Mendelson suffered a life changing seizure that left him wheelchair-bound and undergoing extensive therapies to regain feeling in his lower body. 

Proud by name and nature

Proud by name, proud by nature! Meet the creative genius behind Metro South’s branding - Troy Proudfoot.