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Special Edition: Dr Joan Arakkal ‘Slice Girls’

28 May @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


South Perth Libraries and Dymocks Garden City are delighted to invite you to an evening with Dr Joan Arakkal orthopaedic surgeon and author of Slice Girls to hear about her remarkable story of blood, bones and the boys’ club.

Slice Girls is a searing feminist memoir, a provocative reflection on the discrimination, sexism and cartelisation entrenched in the surgical community, and particularly the world of orthopaedics.

Dr Joan Arakkal began her medical training in India, choosing to specialise in orthopaedics, a field traditionally occupied by men, and where she had parity amongst her mostly male colleagues. But when her career takes her to the UK, and then Australia, she encounters the ‘bonemen’ – a boys’ club whose members are easily identified in the hospital corridors by their loud voices and self-assured swagger. Their medieval attitudes wield a stranglehold on the development of orthopaedics, compromising patient care.

Slice Girls shines a light on a surgical path that is made needlessly challenging for women, and finds that while women are ready for surgery, it poses the question: is surgery ready for women?

Bookings can be made via eventbrite.


28 May
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Manning Community Centre Hall
between Bradshaw and Conochie Crescents
Manning, WA 6152 Australia
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