Professor Ian Wronski is Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University (JCU) and interim Chair of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. He has over 40 years’ experience in rural, remote, tropical, public and Indigenous health as a clinician, health service director, Professor of Public Health and in policy development.
During his time at JCU, Ian has overseen the development of medicine, health and molecular science teaching and research capacity with a rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health focus. This has led to substantial improvements in health workforce supply across the northern Queensland region.
Ian led the foundation of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU, Australia’s only dedicated tropical health institute and the establishment of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre, the first Academic Health Centre in tropical Australia.
Ian was previously the Medical Director of the then newly established Broome Aboriginal Medical Service and was the first Director of Health Services upon the formation of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services’ Council. A Board member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Life Sciences Innovation Forum, a key area of focus for Ian now is providing intellectual leadership in health workforce development to meet the growing and changing demands of health care in the Tropics.
Ian is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and Fellow of the Australian College of Tropical Medicine. 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. A recipient of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Medal and the Life Sciences Queensland Industry Excellence Award, he was invested as a Life Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.