About Tilman

Tilman Ruff is Associate Professor, International Education and Learning Unit, Nossal Institute for Global Health, School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

He is a public health and infectious diseases physician, with particular interests in immunisation and the global health imperative to eradicate nuclear weapons. In addition to his work at the Nossal, he serves as medical advisor to the international department of Australian Red Cross and is a member of the Hepatitis B Expert Resource Panel for the World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region.

Tilman has played a leading role in the development of travel medicine, worked extensively on control of hepatitis B, immunisation, and maternal and child health in Indonesia and Pacific Island countries, and was previously regional medical director for vaccines for a major vaccine manufacturer.

He has been active in the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) for over 30 years and is currently a co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

He helped to establish the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), was its founding chair, and is currently a member of its International Steering Group and the ICAN Australia Committee.

In 2012, Tilman was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia “for service to the promotion of peace as an advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and to public health through the promotion of immunisation programs in the South-East Asia – Pacific region”.

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As the world pushes for a ban on nuclear weapons, Australia votes to stay on the wrong side of history

As the world pushes for a ban on nuclear weapons, Australia votes to stay on the wrong side of history

Tilman Ruff, University of Melbourne

In early December, the nations of the world are poised to take an historic step forward on nuclear weapons. Yet most Australians still haven’t heard about what’s happening, even though Australia is an important part of this story – which is set to get even bigger in the months ahead.

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Ban the bomb: 70 years on, the nuclear threat looms as large as ever

On this day 70 years ago, the world and the preconditions for its health and survival changed forever. A crude bomb containing 60 kilograms of highly enriched uranium exploded 580 metres above Hiroshima. Equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT, it was 2000 times more powerful than the British Grand Slam bomb, the largest produced until then.

The moral threshold of catastrophic attacks with indiscriminate weapons had already been crossed, with poison gas killing 90,000 and maiming or blinding one million men in the European killing fields of the first world war. This was followed by indiscriminate aerial bombing of cities during the second world war.

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