Through the looking glass

Professor Catherine Stoddart

This will be a short overview of Catherine’s professional story and lessons in Western Australia and United Kingdom that translate to this role. Catherine will share what this has meant for her as she frames her thoughts and plans, six months after getting the foundations right.  She will also speak about seizing the opportunities that build on existing expertise to create a strong future for NT Health.

Catherine will also outline how potentially technology could be a game changer for remote health care delivery.


Professor Catherine Stoddart has recently taken up the Chief Executive Officer role for NT Health from March 2017. She was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust in the NHS in the UK from March 2014. Catherine has held positions across health including Chief Nurse & Midwifery Officer of Western Australia, Regional Director for the Kimberly region, WACHS, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery WACHS, and Director Clinical Reform WA Health.

As a Nuffield Fellow (2000) and Churchill Fellow (2006) she reviewed models for isolated clinical practice in Alaska and Canada, focusing on Indigenous communities. In 2009 Catherine founded the Global Health Alliance, WA, which established as a mechanism for health professionals to contribute to global health; built Aboriginal health workforce programs; developed the Strategic Transformation and Master plan for the Oxford Trust for broad public health, care and social care integration, and established the Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research. She is Visiting Professor of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University and Associate Professor at Edith Cowan and Notre Dame Universities.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration. She was awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year for a range of women in leadership development of aboriginal employment programs across Health. In September 2013 she was awarded the Public Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to health and innovative global community volunteering programs.