Dr Barbara Woodhouse

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, medical pioneer

2023 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr Barbara Woodhouse, Australia’s first dual qualified female oral and maxillofacial surgeon, has led a lifetime of dedicated service. She pioneered several Australia-first surgical techniques and worked to establish maxillofacial services in rural and regional areas.  

Barbara was president of the Queensland branch of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a director of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. 

She successfully lobbied for legislative amendments to ensure children with significant facial deformity have equitable health access. 

Barbara continues active involvement in training the next generation of maxillofacial surgeons, which remains male-dominated. 

A mentor to high school and university students, she frequently lectures nationally and internationally. She is also a passionate advocate for the mental health of junior doctors and for equality and inclusion. 

Since 2001, Barbara has self-funded trips to the Asia-Pacific region to perform life-changing surgery and, more importantly, train local surgeons.