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Dr Fiona Wood - 5th most trusted Australian

20 June 2009

Dr Fiona Wood AM, Western Australian burns surgeon and Australian of the Year 2005 has been voted Australia's most trusted person for the fifth year in a row.

The Perth doctor and mother of six has topped the annual Reader's Digest Trust Survey since its inception in 2005 - the same year she was named Australian of the Year.

Dr Wood pioneered "spray-on skin" for use in treating burns victims and in 2007 assisted with the emergency care of airplane crash victims of the Yogyakarta disaster in Indonesia.

A random sample of 750 Australians were asked who they trusted most and what professions they found to be most trustworthy.

A number of other past Australians of the Year also made the list:

  • 3rd - Australian of the Year 2006, Professor Ian Frazer - cancer researcher and scientist
  • 4th - Australian of the Year 1994, Ian Kiernan OAM - Clean Up Australia founder
  • 24th - Australian of the Year 2008, Lee Kernaghan OAM - country singer

Australian of the Year 2009, Professor Mick Dodson AM is on the list for the first time, at number 64.