School News & Blog

October 25, 2016

Dr Nordstrand Returns to Address Students

We are very fortunate that past student of the school, Dr Indra Nordstrand, is returning to address the graduates and parents at our graduation ceremony and parents seminar on Sunday 20th November 2016.


Most parents and newer teachers will not know Indra, who graduated from The School of Total Education herself in 1989 and went on to study medicine at the Flinders University of South Australia. After developing an interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Indra completed postgraduate studies in surgery at the University of Queensland and specialist surgery training in Victoria to ultimately become one of a few female Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Australia.





During her time at school, a more sincere and genuine young person would have been hard to find.  She credits the many values instilled in her to the example of her mother, Joan, the School’s founder, Vijayadev Yogendra and the many teachers of The School of Total Education. Indra says these values have impacted positively on her life, keeping her grounded through the many ups and downs of medicine. 





“Each day, I try to maintain the School’s motto ‘In Pursuit of Knowledge, Excellence and Service’ in my working and living environments”, she says succinctly.





Her professional achievements include professional shortlisted nominations for The Dean’s Award, The University of Queensland 2012 for best postgraduate research degree accepted without change on submission, Nottingham University Hospital’s Honours Awards 2013 for excellence, and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Registrar of the Year 2012 for teaching / training / supervision.





With an interest in the future of Cardiothoracic Surgery practice in Australia and New Zealand, she has taken on the tenure of “Younger Fellow on the Australia & New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) Executive”. This is in addition to having an active role in committees, teaching trainee surgeons (through formal Supervisor of Training position, and informal teaching programs), national Cardiothoracic Surgery case reviews, and research projects.





Indra has a strong interest in gender impact in the workplace and work life balance though she prefers the term work life integration.





Her topic will be “A Surgeon’s Perspective of Gender Impact in the Workplace and The Concept of Work-Life Integration. It will be a practical and down to earth presentation with lots of useful insights and knowledge for our graduates, whatever field they are looking at pursuing.





We are really looking forward to Indra’s visit.  She will stay with us for a week, spending time with primary and secondary students and teachers and engaging with the school community.