Professor Len Notaras AM is the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. He was a strategic founder of the NCCTRC and was appointed to the position in 2009.
Professor Notaras was previously Chief Executive of the NT Department of Health, the largest single employer in the Northern Territory from 2014 to 2016.
Prior to this, Professor Notaras spent 15 years at Royal Darwin Hospital, first as Medical Superintendent (1994-2001) and then as General Manager (2001-2009). During this time, RDH dealt with a number of crises, including the evacuation of East Timor in 1999, the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Ashmore Reef incident in 2009 and the retrieval and treatment of then President of Timor-Leste Dr Jose Ramos-Horta following the assassination attempt on his life in 2008. In 2002, RDH received nearly 100 victims of the Bali bombings, 70 of whom were critically injured. For his service in jointly coordinating the medical assistance provided by the RDH to the victims of the bombings, Professor Notaras was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.
Professor Notaras holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Law and Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Masters in History and Masters in Hospital Management. In 2005, Professor Notaras was presented with the Best Individual Contribution to HealthCare in Australia Award during the AMA National Conference.
In 2010 Professor Notaras negotiated and coordinated through the NCCTRC the deployment of the AUSMAT (Australian Medical Assistance Team) to Pakistan following devastating floods. The group treated more than 11,000 people during the 10 week combined civil-military deployment. Professor Notaras led the NCCTRC through the AUSMAT response to Typhoon Haiyan which devastated part of the Philippines in November 2013. Deploying for the first time Australia's surgical field hospital and treating more than 2700 patients.
In 2008 Professor Notaras received an honorary doctorate in Science from Charles Darwin University in recognition of his contribution to the medical field in the NT and in 2015, he was honoured by Flinders University with the title of professorial fellow in the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Professor Notaras was directly involved in the development of the NT Clinical School, and, as a member of the NT Medical Board and former Chair of the NT Pharmacy Board, played a key role in negotiating changes to legislation. Professor Notaras was Chair of the NT Radiographers Board, an inaugural member of the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in healthcare, and a long serving board member of Australia's premier health care standards organisation, the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. In 2015, Professor Notaras was awarded the Prestigious Sidney Sax Medal for his contribution to Healthcare in the NT and Australia.