Notre Dame community welcomes new Dean of Medicine

New Dean of the School of Medicine, Fremantle, Professor Shirley Bowen,
is welcomed to Notre Dame by outgoing Medicine Dean, Professor Gavin Frost.

4 April 2014

The University of Notre Dame Australia officially welcomes Professor Shirley Bowen as the new Dean of the School of Medicine on the Fremantle Campus, replacing Professor Gavin Frost after six years in the role.

Selected after a wide-ranging recruitment process, Professor Bowen's extensive career includes experience across a broad range of health areas including public health, community and ambulatory care, as well as the acute hospital system.

Professor Bowen was most recently the Director of Medical Services at St John of God Murdoch Hospital and has held other senior roles including Executive Director of Fremantle Hospital; Acting Area Chief Executive of the North Metropolitan Area Health Service; and Chief Medical Officer of the ACT. She is also an Infectious Diseases Physician.

"Professor Bowen's impressive achievements are testimony to her passion and commitment to the health profession in Australia," Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, said.

"I am confident that Professor Bowen will continue Professor Frost's excellent work in leading our School of Medicine in Fremantle as it provides students with a medical education imbued with the Catholic values of compassion, respect and service."

Since 2005, Notre Dame's School of Medicine in Fremantle has been committed to providing students with a university education underpinned by the highest ethical principles.

Under the guidance of Professor Frost, the Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree has been accredited for four years on two occasions by the Australian Medical Council as meeting the national standards of medical education.

"My great joy over the last six years has been to be part of the School's growth – in stature and reputation. This reputation has been greatly enhanced by the excellent graduates we have produced, now numbering more than 500," Professor Frost said.

"The stature of the School is about acceptance by the medical community as being part of the team which is training young doctors – the first medical school in a Catholic university in Australia. To have been part of that is both humbling and rewarding."

Professor Bowen said one of the fundamental aspects of medicine was the privilege of doctors and health care professionals to participate in the healing process and the lives of patients.

"I have a strong belief in the spiritual aspects of healing and the strength of the therapeutic relationship and it is my goal to impart some of my passion for excellent care to Notre Dame's medical students," Professor Bowen said.

"As Dean of the School, it is my duty to work with the University's outstanding academic and industry professionals to graduate competent and caring doctors. A career is a journey of continuous learning and opportunity, and medicine provides a wonderful starting point for that journey."

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