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Faculty of Health

CDU Menzies School of Medicine

Our strategic vision for the future

The creation of a locally led medical program that draws upon the knowledge and experience of committed Northern Territorian experts and institutions is an exciting development.

It provides an opportunity for a timely and significant step-change in the delivery of medical education in the Territory to one that is locally designed, responsive and dedicated to meeting the complex health needs of the NT.

A locally led, governed, designed and delivered medical program for the NT

In the news

  • Professor Dianne Stephens presents at AMSA Rural Health Summit.

    CDU hosts Australian medical student summit for the first time in NT

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) has hosted the Australian Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) Rural Health Summit for the first time in the Northern Territory.

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  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) student Rebecca Kopke-Bennett plans to stay in the Northern Territory after completing a Master of Clinical Audiology. The CDU Menzies School of Medicine is aiming to train local doctors to retain and boost the medical workforce.

    Training locals key to boosting workforce

    Local opportunities and a sustainable work, life and study balance are what drove Rebecca Kopke-Bennett to study a Master of Clinical Audiology with Charles Darwin University (CDU).

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  • The CDU Menzies School of Medicine has applied for 40 out of 80 Commonwealth Supported medical places.

    Medical places key to breaking undersupply cycle

    The Northern Territory’s critical undersupply of medical practitioners will continue unless the CDU Menzies School of Medicine is awarded Commonwealth Supported medical places.

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First Nations alternative admission pathways

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences / NTMP (Northern Territory Medical Program)

CDU offers an alternative admission pathway for First Nations students who are interested in studying Clinical Sciences. 

The program has been developed in cooperation with CDU First Nations Leadership and the First Nations Pathways and Program Success Working Group of the CDU Menzies School of Medicine.

Entry requirements
  1. An application to be filled out with information about yourself and the things you have done in the community, as well as a personal reflection. You can support your application with your high school transcripts. 
  2. There will be an interview that will look at the things about you, and how you think, to see if you are suited to a career in medicine. The interview will be hosted by CDU’s First Nations Student Support in the Gurinbey Centre on Casuarina campus. Online options are available for students who are from interstate and cannot travel.
  3. Following the interview, you may be given an offer of admission pending your final ATAR score.
  4. If your ATAR score is 85 or above, you’ll be given a full offer. 

UCAT is not required.

How to apply

The application form is to be submitted by first week of November to the following email address:

Application form (PDF, 591.35 KB)

Please note: Applications must be submitted by the first week of November.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to ask or reach out to our First Nations Student Support team on 08 89466479.

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).

Professor Dianne Stephens

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.

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