The winner of Avant’s 2013 Interplast
Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) competition, Dinuksha De Silva, is
humbled by the opportunity to give back to a community in need.
University of NSW medical student, Dinuksha De Silva, will travel with
Interplast to an Asia-Pacific destination after winning Avant’s 2013 Interplast
The prize includes return airfares, up to four nights’
accommodation, all meals, ground transfers and travel insurance. Dinuksha will
observe as a team of volunteer plastic surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses
provide free reconstructive surgery to patients who would otherwise not be able
to afford it and free training for local medical personnel
says that he is most looking forward to getting the chance to work with
communities who would not otherwise have access to the life-changing surgery
that Interplast provides.
“This trip will give me a taste of what
it’s like to work in a community outreach program, which is something I feel
strongly about and hope to pursue in my career,” he says.
access to medical and surgical experiences far beyond what I would normally be
exposed to as a medical student. I’m truly grateful to Avant for this
opportunity,” said Dinuksha.
This is the second year Avant has held
its Interplast competition and this year the number of entries increased from
78 to 208. Head of Marketing Kerry Ryan says that Avant is pleased to be able
to raise awareness of Interplast’s great work.
“Avant is proud
that, through our partnership with Interplast, we’re able to support medical
students in their future careers by providing an opportunity to gain
invaluable experience in the field,” she said.
Dinuksha will observe
technical surgical procedures, attend ward rounds, interact with the patients
and families and learn from experienced surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses as
they provide training opportunities to local medical teams.
launched the 2013 Interplast competition at the Australian Medical Student
Association (AMSA) convention on the Gold Coast on Sunday 7 July where they
also hosted a charity breakfast with Interplast. Entrants were asked to
explain why they wanted to be part of the Interplast program, why they thought
they deserved to win and what they’d do to promote Interplast following the
“Dinuksha’s passion for making a difference in the countries
in which Interplast works and his obvious interest and enthusiasm for
cultivating a long-term collaboration with Interplast helped Dinuksha’s entry
stand out,” said Interplast CEO Prue Ingram.
in terms of future medical volunteering and comprehensive promotion of his
experiences upon his return highlighted his suitability for this observer
position. We look forward to welcoming him to the team next year!" she
Avant has been a key supporter of Interplast since 2009.
Interplast provides surgical and allied health services in developing
countries in the Asia Pacific region by providing free medical treatment and
You can watch a video featuring the winner of last year’s
Interplast competition here or read about it here.
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