Dean, College of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Richard Murray

Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry

Prof Richard Murray



Phone:  07 4781 5025
Fax:       07 4725 1772

Campus location

Medical 1 (Building 39), Room 126

Research portfolio

Professor Richard Murray is the Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. His career focus has been in rural and remote medicine, Aboriginal health, public health, tropical medicine, health professional education and the healthcare needs of underserved populations. He has a national and international profile in rural medical education and rural medicine and has held a range of leadership positions.

Professor Murray is also President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, a past President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and a member of the Mackay Hospital and Health Board.

Prior to joining James Cook University as Planning Director of the Rural Clinical School in 2005, Professor Murray spent 14 years in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, including 12 years as the Medical Director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, a position in which he had broad-ranging clinical, population health, teaching, research and medical leadership, and management roles.

Professor Murray has extensive experience in medical education at program, sectoral leadership and policy levels. He has participated in the national policy arena in rural and remote medicine and health, health professional education and Aboriginal health for over 20 years and has had a key role in many national initiatives, including a 2015 appointment by the Prime Minister to the National Ice Taskforce.