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Benjamin J. Ryan

Affiliation: College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Ben is Disaster Coordinator for the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Queensland, Australia; doctorate student at James Cook University, Australia; and Director of Disaster Risk Reduction for the International Federation of Environmental Health (Asia-Pacific). Ben’s professional interests and research is focused on mitigating the impact of disasters on public health. He has worked during responses to natural disasters and disease outbreaks (including Ebola and Dengue), managed public health projects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, facilitated delivery of health services to asylum seekers and worked in public health at all levels of government in Australia and internationally. Most recently, Ben led engagement with international agencies and governments to set up and operate Ebola Treatment Centres and Units in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He is passionate about the role public health interventions should have in the prevention, preparedness and response phases of disaster management and hopes to share his experiences, insights and research with other professionals across the world.

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