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CDU Menzies School of Medicine

Who we are

Professor Dianne Stephens

Our Dean

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.

Strategic board

The Strategic Board has been established to advise the CDU Menzies School of Medicine on matters relating to the development of a new medical program at CDU/Menzies School of Health Research and to advocate for its genesis. Within this context the Board’s responsibilities include:

  • providing strategic advice to the School of Medicine on the design of a medical program that is fit-for-purpose for the Northern Territory and northern Australia more broadly.  This will involve the provision of advice on potential partners and appropriate curriculum; 
  • being a strong advocate, on behalf of the School, with key stakeholders and decision makers in the NT and nationally, for an NT Medical Program that is delivered by the CDU Menzies School of Medicine; and
  • assisting with the development of strategic collaborative arrangements that will support the School’s mission.  
Professor Len Notaras AO co-chairExec Director, NCCTRC
Ms Donna Ah Chee co-chairCEO, Central Australia Aboriginal Congress
Mr John PatersonCE, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT)
Dr Sam GoodwinExecutive Director of Medical & Clinical Services
Alice Springs Hospital | Central Australia Health Service
Dr Jeremy ChinCo-Director, Children and Youth Health Services Darwin/Palmerston Hospitals
Professor Bart CurriePhysician, RDH and Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies)
Dr John BoffaChief Medical Office Public Health Central Australia Aboriginal Congress
Ms Jo NortonDeputy Chief Executive, Department of Health, NTG
Assoc Prof Marco BricenoChief Medical Officer
Dr Kiarna BrownObstetrician and Gynaecologist Royal Darwin Hospital/ Menzies
Pat AndersonChair, Council, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary

CDU/Menzies members

Professor Di StephensFoundation Dean
Professor Alan CassDirector, Menzies School of Health Research
Professor Dominic UptonDean, College of Health and Human Sciences