Dr Jamie Ranse is recognised internationally for his work focusing on strengthening health systems for disruptive events that are either planned (such as mass gatherings / major events) or unplanned (such as disasters / public health emergencies). Jamie completed his Doctor of Philosophy in 2017 at Flinders University, where he received the University Medal for his research on the experience of Australian nurses who assist in the out-of-hospital disaster environment. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications in the area of disaster and mass gathering health. His work is supported by over AUD$1.5M in research funding, including a prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council. Jamie was awarded the Griffith University Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award as the 2021 Early Career Researcher.
In 2019 Jamie founded the Mass Gathering Collaboration at Griffith University, which aims to strengthen health security and health system resilience globally for mass gatherings in partnership with communities, government, non-government, industry, and academic organisations. During the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, Jamie provided consultancy to the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office regarding mass gatherings and crowded spaces in the context of COVID-19. Additionally, he provided consultancy to the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) as the lead developer of the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events in Queensland, which provides guidance and practical strategies for event organisers to operate in a COVID-19 context.
Jamie is an active member of a number of national and international nursing associations. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. Additionally, he is the Chair of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, International Mass Gathering Special Interest Group, and the immediate past Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Disaster Health Community of Interest. Jamie volunteered with St John Ambulance Australia for over 20 years; previously holding the high-level national strategic position of Chief Nurse.
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