Biomedical Technical Officer
Ministry of Health, Fiji

Nehal Kapadia’s passion for Science and Medicine led her towards Biomedical Engineering and is currently working as a Biomedical Technical Officer for Ministry of Health, Fiji. Her role involves servicing and maintenance of medical equipment used in the Colonial War Memorial Hospital and the Central Eastern Division, ensuring they are safe to use. Being the only female in the Biomedical Engineering Department, Nehal faced numerous challenges to be accepted as a workmate and has proved to be a conscientious staff for the Ministry.

Nehal graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 with Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) (Hons1), completing her work experience at the Biomedical Engineering Department, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW. She is also a Graduate member of Engineers Australia. 
Post-graduation, she joined the Kidney Foundation of Fiji (KFoF), using her knowledge and skills to maintain the dialysis machines (the first in Fiji) and continues to provide her services to KFoF.

KFoF also sponsored her as a contestant at the 2009 Vodafone Miss Fiji Hibiscus, where she strengthened KFoF’s efforts in creating kidney awareness in Fiji, was judged to be in top 5 and awarded the title of Miss Internet 2009. Nehal has also been the Secretary of the Hibiscus Charity Champions for a year, working on small community projects around Suva.

Late 2010, Nehal was awarded 2nd prize by mentors for her presentation on Renal Dialysis – Do we care about it? Do we know about it? at the Clinical Engineering Development Workshop, organised by the Biomedical Engineering College of Engineers Australia.