Rick Speare Oration Lecture 2022

Emeritus Professor Ian Wronski AO has over 40 years’ experience in rural, remote, tropical, public and Indigenous health. Ian retired as Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University (JCU), in late 2020. At JCU he led the foundation of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, Australia’s only dedicated tropical health institute and oversaw the development of health professional programs to ameliorate regional, rural and remote health workforce shortages. Ian has Fellowship status in the relevant specialist Medical Colleges in Public Health Medicine; Tropical Medicine; and Rural and Remote Medicine. In 2014 he was made of 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 is invested as a Life Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.