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Renowned specialist and health leader named new Curtin Dean of Medicine  

Media release

Prominent obstetrics and gynaecology consultant and health services management professional, Professor Julie Quinlivan, has been appointed Curtin University’s new Dean of Medicine.

Professor Julie Quinlivan

The current Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ACT Committee, Professor Quinlivan is a former Chair of the Clinical Senate of Western Australia and has held numerous senior medical and government roles representing the profession.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne congratulated Professor Quinlivan on her appointment.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Quinlivan to Curtin as the Dean of Medicine to build on the proven success of the Curtin Medical School and lead it into the future,” Professor Hayne said.

“Julie brings with her a wealth of experience, not only in public and private practice as a medical specialist, but from her distinguished career in health services management and the tertiary sector as a former Dean of Medicine and Pro Vice-Chancellor.

“In addition to her excellent track record in clinical care, education and research, she also brings great energy and vision to the role, and a genuine commitment to improving the lives and health of the community.”

Curtin Pro Vice-Chancellor Health Sciences Professor Archie Clements said the appointment is testament to her influential leadership in the healthcare sector.

“Professor Quinlivan will play a crucial role in consolidating the outstanding and growing reputation of Curtin Medical School, as well as supporting its burgeoning research agenda that truly focuses on people and their health needs,” Professor Clements said.

“I am confident she will continue the outstanding legacy left by our previous Dean of Medicine, Professor Sandra Eades, who was instrumental in the recent growth and success of the Curtin Medical School.”

Professor Quinlivan said she was looking forward to taking on the new position.

“As a working specialist and active researcher, I am excited to be joining Curtin University and its Medical School which has already cemented itself as a top training ground for future medical professionals in Western Australia,” Professor Quinlivan said.

“I am particularly looking forward to working with staff to accelerate interprofessional teaching and research.”

Professor Quinlivan is the current Director of the Professional Services Review, responsible for ensuring compliance with MBS and PBS services and an academic at the Australian National University Medical School. She is also a former Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Medicine, Dean of Medicine and Dean of Health at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Board member of South Metropolitan Health Service and Governing Councillor of North Metropolitan Health Service in Western Australia.

Professor Quinlivan maintains an active research interest in the prevention of preterm birth, adolescent gynaecology, colposcopy, social aspects of mothers’ and fathers’ health, and the psychosocial aspects of gynaecology in relation to endometriosis, PCOS and vulval disease. She has won two international and several Australian research awards.

She will take up her new role at Curtin in July 2022.