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Lieutenant Colonel Dianne Elson is the most senior female in the 1st Brigade of the Australian Army, based in Darwin and Adelaide. Only 6.2 % of the 3139 personnel strong Brigade is female. Di is an active member of a number of Associations and as the Senior Health Officer, Headquarters 1st Brigade works closely with 1st Brigade and their families to enhance soldier health and well being.
Di has held a number of health planning, health administration and personnel management positions through out her time as an Army Officer. She has lived in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin throughout the course of her career. Di, her husband Richard, also an Army Officer, and their four children (three boys and then a girl) now aged between 10-18 years old have lived in Darwin since 2001. Di is on the Younger Readers Judging Panels for the 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Book of the Year Awards’.
Di was born in Narrogin, Western Australia and grew up on a farm. She went boarding school in Perth and following her completion of a BSc at the University of Western Australia she attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1987 and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. Di subsequently completed her Masters in Public Administration in 1997 and attended the Royal Australian Navy Staff College in 2000.