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CDU Menzies School of Medicine


CDU has established the CDU Menzies School of Medicine in partnership with Menzies School of Health Research and National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC).

The CDU Menzies School of Medicine will build upon CDU/Menzies strength in partnering with Indigenous Australians and communities and their understanding of health service delivery challenges in the Northern Territory. The School of Medicine will complement the existing and expanding suite of health programs available at CDU.

CDU Menzies School of Medicine

Addressing a great need

The NT population has some of the lowest health outcomes in Australia, high levels of social disadvantage and too many live with the burden of chronic disease. While half of the population live in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs - the other half live in remote, very remote and regional areas.

We are committed to providing the NT with doctors who are trained in the Territory, who stay in the Territory and understand its health challenges.

Our goal is supported by clear evidence that shows that medical students with a regional/remote background are more likely to practice in regional and remote locations.

World leaders in Health Research

Menzies and CDU are world leaders in health research that is Territory-relevant, with outcomes at “well above world standard”, as recorded by Australia’s national research evaluation framework, ERA.

Menzies outperforms most medical schools in Australia in medical research with a National Health and Medical Research Council success rate (greater than 40%) more than twice the national average (falling to less than 15%) in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The CDU Menzies School of Medicine has three goals: 

  1. Specialist postgraduate professional development 
    Four postgraduate courses for medical professionals will be available:

  2. Consultation on a Medical Program

    Formal consultation with the medical profession and all levels of government on an authentic and autonomous medical program for the Northern Territory will begin shortly. Extensive consultation will occur throughout the Territory, including Central Australia.

  3. The teaching School for the proposed new medical program

Public lecture series


  • Di Stephens

    Health response to disasters in the spotlight

    Our national response to natural and manmade disasters will be in the spotlight at a public lecture to be held at Charles Darwin University (CDU) on May 10.

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  • New CDU Menzies School of Medicine Board

    New Board appointed to CDU Menzies School of Medicine

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) has announced a new Strategic Board for the CDU Menzies School of Medicine.

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  • medical-school-announcement

    CDU announces new School of Medicine for the Territory

    A new School of Medicine will be established at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in partnership with Menzies School of Health Research, as plans progress to establish a new medical program across the Northern Territory.

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