Professor Dianne Stephens has been appointed as the Dean of the School of Medicine.
Professor Stephens moved from Melbourne to Darwin in 1998 and commenced work as the Director of Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and their first Intensive Care Specialist. She developed the RDH ICU into a tertiary level ICU recognised as a highly effective training and research unit by the ICU community.
For her leadership role in the ICU management of the 20 critically ill Bali bombing victims in 2002, Professor Stephens received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
She joined the RAAF Specialist Reserves in 2004 and deployed for three months to Iraq in 2005, where she worked as Clinical Director of ICU in the only US tertiary hospital facility in Balad.
Professor Stephens has been involved in the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) from its inception following the first Bali bombings. She has been an Instructor and Course Director on courses run by the NCCTRC and been involved in the NCCTRC response to local, national and international disasters.