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 2021 Menzies Oration

For and Of. The importance of Tertiary Education and Research Institutions being based in Regional Australia

Delivered by

Professor Scott Bowman AO

Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Darwin University

Abstract: The oration will look at the importance of having universities and research institutions which are for and of the regions they serve. The impact of such organisations will be considered using Charles Darwin University and Menzies School of Health Research as examples. The oration will put forward an argument that institutions of and for the region are ideally placed to adapt their offerings to fully meet the needs of the populations they serve. These institutions will be judged according to their success in doing this. Urban institutions have a part to play in the regions, however they are poorly placed to fully understand the complexities of the regions. The future development of health and medical education, training and research in the Northern Territory will be discussed in terms of a for and of agenda.