Professor Fred Mendelsohn

Position within MAPW: 
Committee member, ICAN. Former Vice President and Branch Coordinator.
Contact: 

fred [dot] mendelsohn [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au or via MAPW Executive Officer: (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

Professional Qualifications: 
MD; PhD; FRACP
Current field of medicine: 

Neurology: Former Director, Florey Institute, University of Melbourne

Special areas of interest: 
Public health effects of war and preparation for war, both conventional and nuclear.
Background: 

Prof. Fred Mendelsohn joined MAPW over 20 years ago after living in the USA for 12 months and being horrified at the number of nuclear weapons in the US and USSR. He was inspired by Helen Caldicott's activism and high profile, and amazed at the disinterest of other medicos and scientists. He notes: "It is very sad to see the USA, Britain and Australia so ready to go to war for such weak reasons. As health professionals, who see more deaith and illness than we would wish, it is repulsive to see such preventable and unnecessary deaith and suffering, particularly as the worst effects of war are on civilians."

Dr Bill Williams

Position within MAPW: 
Immediate Past President
Contact: 

bill [dot] williams [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au or via Executive Officer: (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

Professional Qualifications: 
MBBS
Current field of medicine: 

Rural general practice

Special areas of interest: 
Nuclear weapons. uranium mining, nuclear waste, health effects of radiation, Aboriginal health, the roots of violence.
Background: 

Dr. Bill Williams is Immediate Past President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia).

A General Practitioner with over twenty-five years experience in community medicine, Dr Bill Williams' career has included clinical and public health responsibilities in urban, rural and remote locations, including ‘developing’ populations in Australia and overseas. He has worked as a primary care physician in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia's Western Desert, and in post-conflict zones in Latin America and Africa.

His research, writing and teaching interests include the risks associated with the nuclear fuel chain, the roots of violence, and the health of Aboriginal Australians.

Recent publications have focused on the role of health professionals in reducing nuclear weapons proliferation risks and healthy pathways to a secure global energy future. Dr Williams is also a major contributor to Vision 2030, MAPW's analysis of Australia's defence strategy.

Dr Williams first joined MAPW in 1983 out of concern about the nuclear industry, which he saw as the greatest threat to global health. As medical professionals, he says, "there's no point improving the nation's collective cholesterol level if we poison the earth for our grandchildren."

He has also served as International Councillor of the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNWi) and as board member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICANi).

Ms Lynne Saville

Position within MAPW: 
Co Coordinator, New South Wales Branch
Contact: 

lynn [dot] saville [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au or via MAPW Executive Officer (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

 

 

Professional Qualifications: 
RN; OHN; MAppSc (Env. Health)
Current field of medicine: 

Lynn currently teaches part time in undergraduate nursing programs in at two NSW universities, UTS and ACU.

Special areas of interest: 
Abolition of nuclear weapons; sustainability and health.
Background: 

Lynne Saville has a background in nursing, community and occupational health, and education. Lynne was an active member of Northside Peace group during the 1980s, involved in regular community stalls, disarmament campaigns. She has been a member of MAPW for over 10 years. Lynne worked with the Hawkesbury Food Program, working towards multi strategic approaches to health, food security, sustainable agriculture, and in health promotion for over eight years. As a Willoughby City Councillor (1999- 2004) Lynne helped develop council's nuclear free policy.

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff

Position within MAPW: 
Co-President, IPPNW
Contact: 

tilman [dot] a [dot] ruff [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au 
or via MAPW Executive Officer: (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

Professional Qualifications: 
MB, BS (Hons); FRACP
Current field of medicine: 

Tilman Ruff is an infectious diseases and public health physician; Associate Professor in the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne; medical advisor for the International Department of Australian Red Cross; and technical advisor on immunisation in Pacific island countries for UNICEFi and AusAID.

Special areas of interest: 
Nuclear weapons, biological weapons, nuclear power and the links between civil and military nuclear industries. Iraq.
Background: 

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff is Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNWi, Nobel Peace prize 1985);  a member of the National Council, and former President,  of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia); Australian Management Committee member and IPPNWi Working Group Chair, for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANi).

 

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