Jan Gibbett

Department of Health

Jan Gibbett commenced work on 3 January 1973 with the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department where she worked in clerical positions until transferring from the Legislative Drafting Division in 1978 to the Department of Health to commence her nursing training.

Jan commenced her training as a Nurse in the original Darwin Hospital on Mitchell Street, on 25 January 1978. She moved to the Casuarina Hospital in 1980, which later was renamed the Royal Darwin Hospital, as we know it today. Jan was in the first intake of Territory home-grown residents accepted to train as a midwife. She was a midwife for 26 years at Royal Darwin Hospital where she delivered three generations in some families.

Jan served as the Nurse Manager of the Maternity Services division until 2006 when she took up the position of Clinical Nurse Manager of the Outpatient Department, a position she held until 2016. In a change in career direction, Jan moved to the role of Health Advisor to the Minister for Health before joining the Office of the Chief Executive team and represented NT Health in the recently established Territory Intelligence and Coordination Centre within NT Police. Jan returned to RDH in 2018 to assist with the model of care for one of her old stomping grounds, the Outpatient Department.

In 2019 Jan took up the Quality Manager position with the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and assisted in 2020 with the Public Health Directorate Covid-19 response and supported the Medical Group Liaison Officer COVID position in the Emergency Operations Centre. Jan returned to the NCCTRC in June 2020 to her Quality Manager position.

Jan was the recipient of the Top End Health Service NT Administrator’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nursing/Midwifery Sponsored by Central Australia Health Services in 2018.