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CDU Menzies School of Medicine

First Nations Pathways and Program Success

The CDU Menzies School of Medicine First Nations Pathways and Program Succes Working Group is being established to assist and guide the development of a locally led and delivered medical program in the Northern Territory.

The curriculum will be designed through extensive discussions and consultation with all relevant stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of inspiring and supporting First Nations students to study medicine in the NT.

The group will:

  • provide collaborative advice and leadership in developing a framework that supports successful recruitment, transition and progress of First Nations students through the medical program;
  • encourage the recruitment of First Nations academics to deliver the program; and
  • provide advice on embedding First Nations knowledge and cultural safety into the curriculum.


Reuben Bolt | Deputy Vice-Chancellor First Nations Leadership, CDU

Dr Sean Taylor | Deputy Director Indigenous Leader and Engagement, Menzies School of Health Research

Jeremy Chin | Head of Women’s, Children and Youth Health Services Darwin/Palmerston Hospitals

Ian Lee | Patient Advocate Royal Darwin Hospital

Bilawara Lee | CDU Larrakia Academic in Residence First Nation Leadership and Engagement

Paul Gibson | Director of Policy and Research, Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Kane Vellar | Consultant Psychiatrist, NT Government

CDU members

Professor Di Stephens OAM | Foundation Dean, School of Medicine

Dr Sufyan Akram | Chair Curriculum Working Group, School of Medicine

Janet Russell | Director, Medical and Health Workforce Development, School of Medicine

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