Aussie STEM Stars: Munjed Al Muderis

Written by Dianne Wolfer
Published by Wild Dingo Press
Available Sept 1, 2020

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Munjed is a humanitarian and world-leading pioneer of surgical osseointegration. This book follows pivotal moments in Munjed’s life: becoming a surgeon under the regime of Saddam Hussein, fleeing from war-torn Iraq and arriving at Christmas Island in a rickety boat, being held in the Curtain Detention Centre, his hard-gained medical success, and his acknowledgment as the 2020 NSW Australian of the Year.

‘Life is about making a difference,’ Munjed says. “We all have a mission in life, to leave behind a legacy.” His resilience, determination, and view of the world as a glass half full, not half empty, has helped Munjed excel in his chosen career. Highlights include his development of an improved osseointegration prosthetic limb, a new surgery that inserts a titanium implant into the bone, allowing patients to recover a certain level of feeling and greater mobility. Munjed’s humanitarian work is equally as impressive and he’s a fearless advocate for human rights. This includes being an ambassador for Red Cross, working with Amnesty International, and becoming a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

‘I admire the way Munjed works tirelessly to give back to others less fortunate than himself. I hope that by sharing his story and ways Munjed has over-come obstacles in his life journey, readers will be inspired to seek ways to remain positive when they are also faced with hardship.’  – Dianne Wolfer

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