Sarah Olson

CAREERS CORNER

Former WHS students contributing to the international community:

Sarah Olson                         

Profession: Neurosurgeon

Attended Westland High School: 1983 – 1989

Vocational Pathway:

Sarah is a fifth generation West Coaster, attending Hokitika Primary and Westland High School.

She always had a strong interest in mathematics, science and music and knew at a very young age she wanted to be a neurosurgeon. Sarah saw it as the hardest thing in medicine to do and she wanted to see if she could do it!

After Otago Medical School, Sarah moved to Townsville, worked in outback towns and then started on neurosurgery training. The first exam had a 17% pass rate and then she commenced 100-hour weeks in training. Any extra time was spent studying.  Sarah was posted to Auckland then Brisbane then Melbourne. Finally, she finished some extra training in Toronto Canada. Her husband is a doctor too and they, with their three children, are now settled in Brisbane but Hokitika is always home! Sarah plays the piano, and is currently finishing her Diploma in Classical Piano which Hokitika music teacher, Jessica McMillan, started her on many years ago!

Sarah’s impressive CV includes:

  • a neurosurgeon at three hospitals
  • Vice President of the neurosurgery society of Australasia
  • Surgical Education and training board member for Australasia 
  • Previous director of neurosurgery Princess Alexandra Hospital

And chair Neurosurgery society of Queensland 

  • Chair of the multidisciplinary brain tumour clinic 
  • Member of the gamma knife and deep brain stimulation

clinical delivery team princess Alexandra hospital 

  • Bio banking project team member 
  • Adjunct research Diamantina institute
  • Winner Peter leech prize in neurosurgery
  • Winner marshal prize in surgical training 
  • Pride of Australia 2016 finalist 

Upcoming events

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Last day of term 4.

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre. Middle School 9am. Junio... [Read more]

Thursday 2 Dec

2nd of December Teacher Only Day. No School. This is a day set by the Ministry of Education and will be coveri... [Read more]

Monday 29 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 22 Nov

22nd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre at 6pm.

Monday 25 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 18 Oct

18th October. Term 4 begins

Friday 1 Oct

1st October. Last day of term 3.

Friday 24 Sep

24th September the Westland High School Ball takes place. More information regarding venue and other details w... [Read more]

Monday 13 Sep

13th September to 20th September is Te wiki o te reo Maori / Maori language week. Visit https://www.tewikioter... [Read more]
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