Governance University Council Professor Ngiare Brown

Professor Ngiare Brown



Chancellor Ngiare Brown


  • Chair, JCU Council
  • Chair, Chancellor’s Committee
  • Member, Finance Committee
  • Member, Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Member, Work, Health and Safety Committee
  • Member, Awards and Ceremonies Committee


Professor Ngiare Brown is a senior Aboriginal medical practitioner and the first female and first Indigenous Chancellor of James Cook University. She is a proud Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW, with a passion for Aboriginal and Indigenous health, child safety and adolescent development.

She has made extensive contributions to research process, bioethics, policy, translation, and practice within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and worked over the past two decades to develop an extensive international network in Indigenous health and research.

One of the first Aboriginal medical graduates in Australia, Professor Brown completed her medical degree at the University of Newcastle in 1991 before obtaining a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from JCU in 2000. She was named an Outstanding Alumna in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Professor Brown has held a variety of positions in education, mentoring, clinical practice, research, and advocacy as the:

  • Founding member and foundation Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
  • Founding member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress
  • Associate Professor and Foundation Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney
  • Founding Director of Ngaoara, a not-for-profit committed to child and adolescent wellbeing
  • Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission.