Ian Wronski

James Cook University – Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Professor Wronski is Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University (JCU). He has been a leader in focusing attention on health workforce maldistribution, particularly in rural, Indigenous and tropical populations in Australia and across the globe. He led the foundation of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at JCU and the establishment of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre.

Ian has extensive international policy involvement, through AITHM and as a board member of the APEC-Life Sciences Innovation Forum. He is focussed on providing intellectual leadership in health systems and workforce development innovation to meet the growing and changing demands on healthcare both in Australia and abroad.

Ian’s professional background is in medicine and he has over 40 years’ experience in rural, remote, public and Indigenous health as a clinician, health service planner and in policy development. In 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education, particularly in the areas of tropical and rural health and the health of Indigenous Australians. He has been awarded the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Medal, the Life Sciences Queensland Industry Excellence Award and is a Life Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Hear Ian speak at the Canada Connect event on 11 April at Commonwealth House.

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