Dr. Ross Diplock Appointed Associate Dean for Australia

Ross D. Diplock, MBBS, FRACP, noted paediatrician and neonatologist, has been appointed Oceania University of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Australia. He has amassed an illustrious career providing paediatric outreach services to underserved areas in rural Australia, from one-doctor hospitals to isolated aboriginal communities.

“I am very pleased to be a part of the amazing team which Professor Bartholomeusz has assembled, really enjoying sharing in their many years of accumulated knowledge and wisdom, and I look forward to meeting OUM students face-to-face at the forthcoming clinical skills course,” says Associate Professor Diplock.

The Associate Professor’s initial projects have included a review and revision of the paediatric course, creating a bank of new paediatric case file studies, and compiling a comprehensive manual for examination of the newborn and common newborn problems. He will be assisting in the recruitment, orientation, evaluation, and management of faculty/staff in Australia and will also supervise Clinical Mentors, track student progress, propose improvements, and evaluate clinical logbooks.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Associate Professor Diplock to the ever-increasing team of specialist clinicians at OUM,” says Professor Hugh Bartholomeusz, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Clinical) and Dean for Australia. “His proven experience in rural and remote medicine enhances the scope of OUM’s stated aim of recruiting students from these areas and training clinicians to return to practice in these underserved communities. His overwhelming professionalism and calm reassurance will serve our students well in their transit through the clinical curriculum.”

Associate Professor Diplock earned his medical degrees at the University of Queensland. He completed postgraduate training in paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth and at Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospital, both in Brisbane. He was Senior Registrar in Neonatology at prominent hospitals in the UK and at Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia. Associate Professor Diplock received an Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from the University of Queensland and the Paediatric Medal for Services to Rural Paediatrics from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

(August 2021)