Kudzai Kanhutu on her journey from Zimbabwe to Australian health tech

Bolstered by a strong family and self-determination, Kudzai Kanhutu became an infectious diseases doctor, refugee health advocate, and digital leader at one of Australia’s leading hospitals.

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Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

Deputy chief medical information officer and infectious diseases doctor with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Kudzai Kanhutu has managed to flip just about every gender, racial, and other stereotype on her journey to becoming one of Australia’s leading practitioners and authorities on digital health.

Born to a large family living in Harare Zimbabwe in the 1970s, a ‘woman’s place’ wasn’t something up for discussion or debate. “Your choices were to become a teacher, a nurse, or a secretary,” Kanhutu reflects.

The journey to Australia

Yet her grandmother was the undisputed matriarch, and she instilled in Kanhutu important values of kinship, self-belief, and traditional healing that the Melbourne doctor still draws on today. 

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