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Curtin Appoints Chair of Medical School External Advisory Board

The Federal Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, announced at an event at Curtin that well-known medical practitioner and medical training expert, Dr Janice Bell, has been appointed as Chair of the Curtin Medical School External Advisory Board.

Dr Bell has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) since 2004, and was previously a National Manager for Continuing Professional Development with GP Education Australia.

Minister Birmingham announced the appointment of  Dr Janice Bell as Chair of the Curtin Medical School External Advisory Board.
Minister Birmingham announces the appointment of Dr Janice Bell as Chair of the Curtin Medical School External Advisory Board.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry, said Dr Bell was appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the university in 2012 and she was delighted that her association would soon extend to leading this key external advisory board.

“The Curtin Medical School External Advisory Board will provide critical input and guidance as the university establishes its medical school, which plans to have its first intake of students in 2017,” Professor Terry said.

 

Curtin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry.
Curtin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry.

“Adjunct Professor Bell’s qualifications and experience in medicine, as well as in education and training, make her ideally suited for this leadership role.

“We look forward to announcing other members of the Curtin Medical School External Advisory Board as they are appointed, and I welcome Adjunct Professor Janice Bell to the role of Chair.”

Professor William Hart, Dr Janice Bell, Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry, Minister Birmingham and Acting Chancellor Sue Wilson.
Professor William Hart, Dr Janice Bell, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry, Minister Birmingham and Acting Chancellor, Sue Wilson.

Dr Bell said she was looking forward to working with the Curtin medical school staff to help them deliver the highest standard of medical graduates in Western Australia.

“I am confident my experience in general practice, education and training in WA will support my ability to successfully lead the Curtin Medical School Advisory Board and am excited to be part of this industry led group,” Dr Bell said.

Dr Janice Bell completed her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 1998 and now chairs the RACGP Expert Committee on Post Fellowship Education.

 

Professor William Hart and Dr Janice Bell.
Professor William Hart and Dr Janice Bell.

Dr Bell is a member of the RACGP National Rural Faculty, the Expert Committee on Pre Fellowship Education, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Faculty and the Special Interests Faculty. She is also on the WA Reference Board of the Australasian College for Health Services Managers.

In 2011, Dr Bell was awarded the RACGP Rose-Hunt Award, the highest award of the college for services to the general practice profession.