Menzies is proud to join with Charles Darwin University (CDU) in supporting the establishment of a new School of Medicine at CDU.

From 1 January 2022, CDU will establish the CDU Menzies School of Medicine, which will be established within CDU’s College of Health and Human Sciences under the leadership of College Dean Professor Dominic Upton.

Menzies Director Professor Alan Cass AO said Menzies engagement in the partnership will ensure research and innovation are central to the development of the School of Medicine.

“This partnership will help in developing and implementing pathways which attract, enable and support young Territorians, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to apply for a future independent, NT focused medical program,” Professor Cass said.

“This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a new NT-led medical school drawing on Menzies experience of conducting world-class research which has delivered real health benefits to the Territory and our understanding of the challenges of health service delivery in the NT.”

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman AO said the new partnership and establishment of the CDU Menzies School of Medicine would put the necessary steps in place for CDU and Menzies to deliver a medical program for the Territory in coming years.

“Establishing a new School of Medicine and a new Dean, cements our plans to deliver and create a home in the Territory for a new medical program,” Professor Bowman said.

“CDU and Menzies are of and for the Northern Territory, have a deep history and understanding of the Territory and of serving the education needs of Territorians.”

Medical Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) Professor Dianne Stephens will be seconded to CDU as part of a partnership to develop high quality post graduate programs for health professionals working at the frontline of health emergencies.

“These courses are unique within Northern Australia and will draw on the experience, knowledge, and expertise of the NCCTRC as a global leader in health emergency response,” Professor Stephens said.

NTCCTRC Executive Director, Professor Len Notaras AO said the centre was pleased to be supporting CDU and Menzies to deliver post graduate medical education to health professionals in urban, regional and remote areas of the NT.  

“The NCCTRC is a clinical and academic leader in disaster, preparedness and response, ensuring Australia has the best readily deployable medical workforce to respond to emergencies through the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT). This is most recently evidenced through AUSMAT’s response to the global pandemic,” Professor Notaras said.

A new steering group will oversee the functions of the school and seek Australian Government support for government supported places for medical students in the Territory.

The new postgraduate courses in health emergency preparedness and response will start Semester 1, 2022.

Photo: (L-R) Professor Dianne Stephens, Professor Dominic Upton, Professor Scott Bowman AO, Professor Alan Cass AO, Professor Len Notaras AO.