Vale: Professor Ross Spark
On Monday 28 January, Professor Ross Spark passed away suddenly in Cairns Base Hospital. He spent most of his career working in health promotion and public health in northern Australia and in the Asia-Pacific Region. Ross established the Tropical Public Health Unit in North Queensland in 1992, and he was the Director of the Unit until 2007.
Ross worked as Health Advisor to the Australian Embassy in Vietnam in 2007-2008, followed by two years as Deputy Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.
At the time of his death, Ross was Head of the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, a position which he had held since December 2010.
Ross will be remembered as a person who was generous of spirit, a good friend, and a gifted leader in public health in northern Australia and beyond. He is survived by his wife, Kim, to whom the University extends condolences.
The School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences has set up the Ross Spark Memorial Fund to support an indigenous public health scholarship within the school.
All donations, over $2.00 to the Ross Spark Memorial Fund are tax-deductible and a receipt will be issued.