Janie Mason

RN (general, midwifery), BEd, BLabour Studies, Grad Dip Science Ed, MSc

Senior Lecturer Health/Nursing
Curator, Nursing Museum

After a career nursing in acute care, urban and remote communities, as well as teaching secondary school science and Darwin Hospital nurse trainees, Janie Mason entered academe in 1983.

Janie was Chair of the Academic Board from 2001-2003 and a member from 2000-2006. She served in various representations for seven years on the University’s Council and was head of the School of Nursing 1997-2000. After many years on the NT Trades & Labor Council, Janie served as the first woman president of the NT Trades & Labor Council 2000-2004. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Politics of health
  • Bioethics and end of life
  • Industrial relations
  • Public health
  • Chronic and complex care


  • (2014) From hospital to university – a Northern Territory nursing story, Histotical Society NT
  • (2013) Nursing Milestones – from the Religious, Nightingale mythology to Charles Darwin University, Occasional Paper, Historical Society NT
  • (2012) Book Review: Asche Valery 2011 Walking my baby back home – My journey with TB before antibiotics,  Journal of Northern Territory History, No. 23
  • (2010) It could only happen in the North – Collecting in Darwin, Museums Australia National Conference, Melbourne 18/9/10-2/10/10
  • (2009)  Book review: Peter and Shelia Forrest - Forty fine years: a celebration of the Pantazis family and Parap Fine Foods, Journal of Northern Territory History, No. 20
  • (2008) Book Review: David Carment Territorianism – politics and identity in Australia, Northern Territory 1978 – 2001,  2008 Journal of Northern Territory History, No. 19
  • (2008) Book Review: Ross Smith Stagg 2007 Caterpillar Club Survivor – lost in the Top End 1943, 2008 Journal of Northern Territory History, No. 19
  • (2007) Reid B [Ed], A teddy bear’s story, Collectors & Museums – Two Centuries of Collecting in the Northern Territory Historical Society NT


  • Keynote Speech for opening of “Nurses from Zululand to Afghanistan”, Museum and Art Gallery NT, (Dec 6, 2013)
  • “Nursing Milestones - from the Religious, Nightingale mythology to Charles Darwin University” Heritage Week, Larrakeyah Branch of the National Trust Colloquium (Apr 15, 2012)
  • “Stories from CDU’s Nursing Museum” University of the Third Age [U3A], Darwin (Oct 11, 2012)
  • “From Night Cliff to Night Cliffs to Nightcliff”, Nightcliff Primary School (Aug 9, 2011)
  • “Unveiling the nurses’ plaque”, Speech at Adelaide River Ambulance Train Siding, Friends of Northern Australia Railway & Northern Territory Nursing Museum (Nov 11, 2007)

Curator: Nursing Museum International Nursing exhibitions

  • Hospital to Charles Darwin University – a Northern Territory story (2014)
  • Thirty years of tertiary nursing studies in the Northern Territory (2013)
  • Nightingale: fighter for health justice;  Art and Story closing the gap (2012)
  • Nightingale: icon or past image? The Territory’s first nurse (2011)
  • The year of the Nurse: Territory Nurses of Note (2010)


  • Life achievement award from Unions NT (2011)
  • Honoured in the Tribute to NT Women for contribution to nursing and the union movement (2005)
  • Centenary Medal for community service (2003)
  • Life Member of the National Tertiary Education Union (1997)

Professional Memberships

  • Member of Museums Australia National Council 2013 - present
  • Member Anzac Community Advisory Committee 2012 - 2013
  • Board Member of Museum & Art Gallery NT Foundation 2010 - present
  • Member of Anglicare NT Board 2009 - present
  • Member of the NT Government’s Advisory Council on Ageing 2006 - 2008
  • Honorary Secretary NT Euthanasia Society 2006 - present
  • Honorary Secretary & Public Officer Historical Society NT 2003 - present
  • Honorary Secretary/Treasurer Museums Australia NT 2003 - present
  • Former Fellow of Royal College of Nursing Australia
Janie Mason


T: 088946 6385
E: janie.mason@cdu.edu.au
F: 08 8946 6151

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