Stephanie Bell

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Stephanie Bell is an Australian Aboriginal, Kulilla/ Wakka Wakka woman. Her grandmother was a member of the stolen generations, having been removed from her family, who were Warramungu people, at Brunette Downs in the Northern Territory. Stephanie Bell has degrees in Business Management and Aboriginal Health Service Management and is also a Fellow of the Sir Gustav Nossal International Fellowship for Leadership in Health Reform.

Current position[edit]

Stephanie Bell currently holds the following position

  • Founding member of the Lowitja Institute (which incorporates the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health).[1]

Previous positions[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC), a community controlled Aboriginal health service based in Alice Springs.[2] [3]
  • Executive member of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Australian national peak organisation.[4]
  • Chairperson of Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum, which involves AMSANT, the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Government. It collaboratively plans health service delivery with a focus on developing an evidence-based approach to comprehensive primary health care.
  • Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Consortium.
  • Ministerial appointee to the Northern Territory Child Death Review and Prevention Committee.[6]

Publications and speeches[edit]

Stephanie Bell has published articles and frequently makes speeches on the following topics:[7][8]

  • Aboriginal rights,
  • Comprehensive primary health care,
  • Community control of health services.


Stephanie Bell was the 2011 recipient of the Menzies Medallion, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to primary health care and to Indigenous health in the Northern Territory.[9] The Menzies Medallion is awarded annually by the Menzies School of Health Research to honour individuals who have made a national contribution to health, in areas which have benefited the Northern Territory.


  1. ^ Lowitja Institute website
  2. ^ Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) website
  3. ^ Emma Sleath 'Congress CEO Resigns' ABC News Online 10 July 2012 Australian Broadcasting Corporation Website
  4. ^ National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) website
  5. ^ Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) website
  6. ^ Northern Territory Child Death Review and Prevention Committee, 2010, Annual Report 2009 - 2010, 4. Available on NT Children's Commissioner website
  7. ^ Stephanie Bell, 'From pathways to highways in Closing the Gap' (delivered at launch of Pathways to Community Control, Darwin, 11 November 2009) Available on AMSANT website.
  8. ^ Stephanie Bell, 'Aboriginal health: The great Australian silence?' (delivered at 9th World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference, Darwin, 23 August 2010) Available on AMSANT website.
  9. ^ Press release, Menzies School of Health Research, 16 September 2011 Available on Menzies School of Health Research website.