Associate Professor Tilman Ruff

Public Health and Infectious Diseases Physician

The majority of Tilman’s work is evidence-based advocacy, analysis and teaching on the imperative to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

Since 2012, he has been Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) – an organisation that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. He was founding Australian and International Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

Tilman was the first civil society representative on an Australian nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty delegation, civil society advisor to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and he has been a delegate to the Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

In 2017, Tilman led the IPPNW delegation in New York at the UN General Assembly negotiations that saw the adoption of the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Tilman’s clinical interests are in immunisation and travel medicine and he has been international medical advisor to Australian Red Cross for more than 20 years. He led travel medicine at Fairfield Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital and worked on hepatitis B control and maternal and child health in Indonesia and Pacific island countries with the Burnet Institute, AusAID, UNICEF and WHO. Tilman serves on the WHO Western Pacific Region Hepatitis B Immunisation Expert Resource Panel.

In 2012, Tilman was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the promotion of peace and to public health.

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