Dr. Jamie Ranse

Chair, Mass Gatherings Group, WADEM, and Associate Professor, Griffith University, Australia

Associate Professor Dr Jamie Ranse is recognised internationally for his work focusing on strengthening health systems for disruptive events that are either unplanned (such as disasters / public health emergencies / extreme weather) or planned (such as mass gatherings / major events / deliberate acts of harm). He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the area of disaster and mass gathering health. His work is supported by over AUD$1.7M in research funding, including a prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council. Jamie is supporting 12 students in disaster and mass gathering research topics for their Master's and PhD studies. Additionally, he supports numerous clinicians and academics in undertaking research of their interests and contexts.


Jamie completed his Doctor of Philosophy 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. Jamie is the Disaster Health Lead for the Griffith University Disaster Management Network which has over 80 academics who are leaders in decision support for disaster resilience. Jamie has led the development of guidance for the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding disaster evacuation shelters in the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) during the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. Jamie works closely with local and state health services to undertake research that directly informs policy and guidelines to strengthen health service operational delivery and capacity during unplanned events. He is the immediate past Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Disaster Health Community of Interest.


Jamie is recognised as a Global Expert on Mass Gatherings by the World Health Organization. He 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 COVID-19 pandemic, Jamie provided consultancy to the WHO WPRO regarding mass gatherings and crowded spaces in the context of COVID-19. Additionally, he provided expert advice and input into WHO global guidance and risk assessment tools for mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19. Jamie has provided consultancy to the Queensland Tourism Industry Council as the lead developer of the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events in Queensland, which is embedded in the Queensland Public Health Directions to provide guidance and practical strategies for event organisers to operate in a COVID-19 context.


Jamie is an active member of several national and international nursing associations. He has received the Emerging Nurse Researcher/Scholar Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 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. Jamie volunteered with St John Ambulance Australia for over 20 years; previously holding the high-level national strategic position of Chief Nurse. Jamie has academic leadership experience being a previous Discipline Lead and Deputy Head of School for Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Canberra. Jamie is a co-lead the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Patient-Centred Health Service group, which has over 100 members, associate members, adjuncts and students. Jamie was awarded the Griffith University Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award as the 2021 Early Career Researcher.

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