Dean of the School of Medicine

Professor Christine Bennett AO

  • Biography

    Professor Bennett was appointed to the role of Professor and Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia in May 2011. Prior to this appointment, Dr Bennett was the Chief Medical Officer for Bupa Australia Group.

    Professor Bennett is a specialist paediatrician and has over 30 years of health industry experience in clinical care, strategic planning, business operations and senior management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has an active commitment to and involvement in medical professional issues, social policy and medical research.

    Professor Bennett’s professional experience has included being Group Executive and Chief Medical Officer for MBF and the Bupa Health and Care services, CEO of Research Australia, Managing Director of Total Health Enterprise Ltd, Partner in Health and Life Sciences for KPMG Australia, CEO of Westmead Hospital and Community Health Services, General Manager for the Royal Hospital for Women and Head of Planning in NSW Health.

    She is an experienced company director and has held many Non-Executive Director roles for private and publicly listed companies, as well as government and charitable organisations.

    Professor Bennett is currently Chair of Research Australia – an alliance of over 170 member organisations promoting health and medical research in Australia and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in NSW.

    Professor Bennett also currently sits on the boards of RetireAustralia; Capital Markets CRC; Lorica Health and is a Special health Advisor to Bupa ANZ. She was previously on the boards of ICON (Integrated Clinical Oncology Network) from 2011 to 2014 and served as chair of the Remuneration Committee; was Chair of the Bupa Health Foundation Steering Committee; Chair of The Australian National Preventive Health Agency Advisory Council (2011 to 2014); HeartWare Inc - a medical device company listed on both NASDAQ and the ASX (2004 to 2012) and chaired the Audit and Risk Committee; Obesity Australia (2011 to 2013); and was Deputy Chair of the Schizophrenia Research Institute (previously NISAD) (2000 to 2006).

    In February 2008, Professor Bennett was appointed by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to be Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission that provided advice to governments on a long term blue print for the future of the Australian health system and aged care. The Commission’s comprehensive final report with recommendations covering all aspects of health and aged care was presented to the Government in June 2009.

    A mother of 5 children, Professor Bennett is passionate about giving all children a healthy start to life; supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people; addressing the broader determinants of health; educating future doctors and health leaders; promoting healthy ageing and the importance of empowering people to have the central role in their own health and health care decisions.

    In 2013, Professor Bennett was selected as a Finalist in NSW for Australian of the Year.

    Professor Christine Bennett was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2014 Honours List. The Award recognises Professor Bennett’s distinguished service to medicine and health care leadership, as a clinician, researcher and educator, particularly in the fields of child and family health, and social policy.

  • Professional Affiliations

    Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

  • Community Engagement

    Professor Bennett is currently Chair of Research Australia – an alliance of over 170 member organisations promoting health and medical research in Australia; The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in NSW; and the Bupa Health Foundation Steering Committee.

    She also sits on the boards of Bupa Health Dialog and ICON (Integrated Clinical Oncology Network). She was previously (2004 to 2012) on the board of HeartWare Inc - a medical device company listed on both NASDAQ and the ASX and was Deputy Chair of the Schizophrenia Research institute (previously NISAD) from 2000 to 2006.

  • Awards

    In 2013, Professor Bennett was selected as a Finalist in NSW for Australian of the Year.

  • Other

    In February 2008, Professor Bennett was appointed by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to be Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission that provided advice to governments on a long term blue print for the future of the Australian health system. The report was presented to the Government in June 2009.