Under Her Skin

Under Her Skin The life and work of Professor Fiona Wood AM, National Living Treasure

The remarkable story of Professor Fiona Wood, AM, one of Australia's most innovative and respected surgeons and world leading burns specialist whose ground-breaking research and technology development has changed the lives of burn patients.

When three bombs tore out the heart of Bali and decimated so many Australian lives in 2002, burns surgeon Professor Fiona Wood led her team to save twenty-eight survivors with up to ninety-two per cent body burns.

A pioneer in the field of burns and reconstructive surgery, she made world headlines with the use of her ground-breaking invention of 'spray-on skin' to help minimise her patients' horrific scars.

Fiona was later made Australian of the Year, was voted Australia's Most Trusted Person for an unprecedented six years' running in the annual Reader's Digest poll and has been acclaimed as an 'Australian Living Treasure'.

This is now the story of her extraordinary life, from the daughter of a fifth-generation coal-mining family in the north of England to becoming one of Australia's most innovative, respected and dedicated surgeons and researchers. She talks candidly of the moving valour of her burns patients, the heartbreak, the triumph, the tears and the controversies that have stalked her stellar career.

As co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation, she conducts vital research into all aspects of the survival of burns victims, with findings and breakthroughs that have had an impact on treatment around the globe., while she is also director of the Burns Service of Western Australia, a consultant plastic surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children's Hospital and Winthrop professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia.

Remarkably she has achieved all of this while raising six children.

In Under Her Skin, Sue Williams, a best-selling author and award-winning journalist who has written a number of best-selling biographies, most notably about Father Chris Riley, Father Bob Maguire, and Dr Catherine Hamlin, presents a searingly honest, no-holds-barred account of all aspects of Fiona Wood's remarkable life.

About the Author

Sue Williams is an award-winning journalist, travel writer and best-selling author. She has developed a writing style that tells a story as evocatively as possible, with a keen eye for detail.

Sue's previous biographies include Mean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley Story; Father Bob: The larrikin priest; The Last Showman: Fred Brophy; No Time For Fear: Paul de Gelder; Peter Ryan: The inside story; Death of a Doctor; The Girl Who Climbed Everest, Healing Lives, Daughter of the River Country and a number of books about outback characters.

Other books are about travel, true crime and genetics, while she has also had a children's book published and an historical novel based on the early colonial days of Australia, Elizabeth & Elizabeth.

Her book Healing Lives, about acclaimed obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Catherine Hamlin and the patient whose life she saved, Mamitu Gashe, who's now become one of the world's leading fistula surgeons herself, was shortlisted for the Australian Christian Book of the Year in 2021.

Pictured Sue Williams (Author) and Fiona Wood

Where to purchase

All proceeds from the sale of the book will help us continue on our path of reaching our vision of scarless healing in mind and body.

Under Her Skin is available from all leading book retailers. 

In The News - Print

Good Weekend Australia | The Sydney Morning Herlad | October 2022 |Read here 

Sunday Times Magazine | Sunday Times Newspaper | October 2022 |Read here 

Plastic Society Australia |Editorial| March 2023 |Read here 

Image Gallery

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Image for Examples of deep partial thickness burns.
In The News - Podcasts, Interviews and Video

Inspiring Stories Podcast | October 2022 | Fiona Wood | Listen here 

ABC WA Afternoons | October 2022 | Fiona discusses Under Her Skin with Christine Layton | Listen here 

Vision Australia Radio - Literary Ear | November 2022 | Listen here 


Cindy L Spear | "Under Her Skin is one of the most compelling biographies I have ever read." | Read here  

Official Book Launch - In Conversation Event

Boffin Books, the University of Western Australia, and the University Club hosted Fiona and author Sue Williams for an exclusive in-conversation event to officially launch Under Her Skin The life and work of Professor Fiona Wood AM, National Living Treasure.

Over 200+ guests attended this wonderful event where Sue deftly encouraged Fiona to share aspects of her life and career that kept the audience enthralled. There was such fantastic energy in the room and we were grateful to be able to enjoy this special event with our valued supporters of the Foundation and of course Fiona. 

We want to thank Tony from Raw Image for taking photos during the event.

Pictured: Sue Williams (Author) & Fiona Wood 

In-conversation event audience 

In-conversation event book signing 

Contact Us

If you would like further information about Under Her Skin, The life and work of Professor Fiona Wood AM, National Living Treasure or regarding the Fiona Wood Foundation, please get in touch via email at info@fionawoodfoundation.com 

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