Associate Professor, International Education and Learning Unit, Nossal Institute for Global Health, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff is a public health and infectious diseases physician, with particular interests in the global health imperative to eradicate nuclear weapons, and in immunisation. 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 35 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 the ICAN Australia Committee. ICAN was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.

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”.


  • 2005–present
    Associate professor, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne


  • 1980 
    Monash University, MB, BS (Hons)


Member of the Order of Australia