Nuclear weapons

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.

Dr Jason Garrood

Position within MAPW: 
Former Vice President, active SA member
Contact: 

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

Professional Qualifications: 
MB BS; D Obst, RCOG; FACRRM
Current field of medicine: 

General Practitioner

Special areas of interest: 
Nuclear weapons, landmines, renewable energy and nuclear power, and the psychological aspects of radiation exposure.
Background: 

As a GP, Jason has a strong belief in preventative medicine and primary health care. He sees war as the ultimate health risk to be prevented: especially nuclear war, which he identifies as the greatest threat to the future of humankind.
"Having had some experience of the costs of war during a stint in the army in the Vietnam era, I joined MAPW in the early 1980s after the birth of my children. Wanting to do something actively to ensure a better future for them, I joined after hearing Prof Maddocks speak to a medical meeting describing the effects of a nuclear explosion over a city and the ineffectiveness of any medical response."
"Sustainability has always been an integral part of my beliefs, in all its forms, and energy issues have been a special part of this. We hand-built an energy efficient home in the 1970s. Our current 8-star family home is the culmination of many years of commitment. I am strongly against the current misguided push for nuclear power with its strong links to the nuclear weapons industry."  

Dr Sue Wareham OAM

Position within MAPW: 
Vice President and ACT Branch Coordinator
Contact: 

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

Current field of medicine: 

Dr Wareham is a general practitioner in Canberra.

Special areas of interest: 
Dr Wareham has a broad range of expertise. Her recent focus with MAPW has been on Australia's military strategy; and on the environmental costs of war. She is also an expert on the hazards of the nuclear industry.
Background: 

Dr Sue Wareham first became involved in MAPW over 20 years ago out of a "horror at the destructive capacity of a single nuclear weapon." Sue notes that "millions of innocent people are still threatened by these weapons". Sue believes that her work with MAPW is fundamental to her commitment to the protection of human life and the improvement of human well-being. In 2007 Dr Wareham co-authored a MAPW report on the use of cluster munitions in Lebanon.She has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her work for peace.

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).

 

Nuclear weapons

Education, advocacy and campaigning on nuclear weapons issues are core to the work of MAPW.

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