Presentation:    Disaster Management Challenges from Non-communicable Diseases: Lessons Learned & Questions Going Forward

Speaker:              Benjamin Ryan, MPH

Benjamin Ryan is a PhD candidate at James Cook University, Australia; Disaster Coordinator for the Department of Health in Cairns, Queensland, Australia; and Director, Disaster Risk Reduction (Asia-Pacific), International Federation of Environmental Health.  Mr Ryan has responded to disasters and disease outbreaks, facilitated health services for asylum seekers and worked in public health and disaster management at all levels of government in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific. This experience and expertise is guiding his research into the role public health infrastructure can play in mitigating the impact of disasters on non-communicable diseases.