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Richard Franklin

Dr Richard Franklin PhD, is a pracademic who uses an evidence-based approach to developing real world solutions to improving health, safety, and wellbeing with a focus on health services, rural populations, those working in agriculture, disasters and drowning. He is a Professor of Public Health and Director of the World Safety Organization Collaborating Centre - Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion and Co-Director of the WSO Collaborating Centre - Disaster Health, Resilience and Emergency Response at James Cook University, within the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences where he teaches, undertakes research and outreach work. His research interests include epidemiological, qualitative, translational, program evaluation, product evaluation, and surveillance. Current projects include heatwave impacts on health services; travel safety; rural road safety; drowning prevention; mitigating the impact of flooding and cyclones; and disaster preparedness and resilience.


  • 2011–present
    Professor, James Cook University