A/Prof Dianne Stephens moved to Darwin in 1998 as the first ICU Specialist and inaugural Director of Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She developed the RDH ICU into a nationally respected tertiary level ICU and established the first organ donation agency in the NT. She has published widely on sepsis, melioidosis and critical illness in the Indigenous population and has broad experience as a medical leader in clinical governance.
A/Prof Stephens received an OAM for her leadership role in the ICU management of the 20 critically ill Bali bombing victims in 2002. She deployed for 3 months to Iraq in 2004/2005 where she worked in ICU in the USAF tertiary hospital facility in Balad and in October 2005 she deployed with the ADF to evacuate the victims of the second Bali bombings.
In 2016 Dianne spent a sabbatical year in Fiji and was living and working in Suva with her family during Cyclone Winston and its aftermath. On return to Australia in February 2017 she took up the new role of Medical Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) – focusing on disaster training and response locally, nationally and internationally in the Asia Pacific region.