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Dr. Nikola Stepanov has spent much of her career in dedicated service to the public sector and community. Her background is in conflict resolution and mediation in the clinical and corporate settings. She has particular expertise resolving complex and contentious ethical conflicts, for example, where there are grave risks to the community, agency, or individuals.

She holds several degrees including a Juris Doctor; and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne (School of Global and Population Health and Melbourne Medical School), which she completed in the fields of paediatrics medicine, professional ethics, and human rights/ humanitarian law. Professional accreditation includes as an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System, and accreditation by the Federal Attorney General’s Department as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Dr. Stepanov has a strong research background and continues to be involved in research as the Chair of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee; an Associate Investigator or Partner on a small number of existing studies; and as a PhD supervisor to her existing PhD students. She has also retained her strong links with medical ethics and law, and teaches into a number of medicine and law programs.

In her spare time Dr Stepanov is a snow skier, plays the saxophone (badly), and is a keen section hiker. She completed the West Highland Way in Scotland just before taking up office in 2017, and will walk the Camino later this year. Although a seasoned camper and back-packer, Dr. Stepanov is keen to try ‘glamping’ and ‘gliking’ as age sets in. She is co-located, and lives in Brisbane and in Toomulla Beach (north Queensland), and has three adult sons.

Affiliations/ Memberships:

  • Partner, ARC National Integrity System Project
  • Member, Steering Committee, Corruption Prevention Network Qld
  • Chair, Townsville Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Member, Metro-South Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Member, Children’s Health Qld Clinical Ethics Committee
  • Member Health Advisory Committee, CRC for Developing Northern Australia
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University, Division of Tropical Health & Medicine
  • Member, Steering Committee Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law
  • Member, External Advisory Committee JCU Conflict Management & Resolution Program
  • Member Advisory Committee, Praxis Australia Pty Ltd (NFP)
  • Member, Family Law Pathways Network North Qld
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Associate Member Qld Law Society
  • Former ‘Outback Boardie’, Central West Hospital and Health Service Board Member
Dr Nikola Stepanov: Queensland Integrity Commissioner

Dr Nikola Stepanov
Queensland Integrity Commissioner

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Last updated
15 January, 2018

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