Richard Franklin PhD, FPHAA, FARL , MSocSc (Health), BSc, GCertAustRurLeadership, MACTM, has worked in Public Health with a focus on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion since 1996.  He has worked on projects in the areas of general injury prevention, farm safety, rural safety, OHS, health promotion, alcohol and aquatic safety.  He has a PhD from the University of Sydney which explored injuries sustained due to farming and possible prevention strategies, a Master of Social Science (Health), his thesis explored pre-hospital coronary care and Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland.

He has previously worked for the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (a centre of the School of Public Health, University of Sydney) and the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia where he continues as a volunteer Senior Research Fellow. He has worked on a range of community projects translating evidence into practice aimed at preventing rural, farm, road, aquatic, child and older people related injuries.

His research interests are wide ranging and have included epidemiological, translational, program evaluation, product evaluation, surveillance and pure research. Within the safety domain he is interested in drowning prevention, farm safety, road safety, quad bikes, trauma, CPR, alcohol, chemical safety, child safety, falls and older people. He works with a range of data including linked datasets.

He is the current co-convenor of the Injury Prevention Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia as well as the Vice President Finance, a board member of Farmsafe Australia and Queensland, a board member of Auschem Training and the Honourary Treasurer for The Australiasian College of Tropical Medicine and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education.  Recent Guest Editor for the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Special Issue: Injury Prevention and Health Promotion.

He is the Chair of the Queensland Quad Bike Industry Reference Group and acting Chair of the Rural Industry Sector Standing Committee.  He is a member of a range of international and national organisations as well as a former President of the Australian Injury Prevention Network. 

He was the first National Manager for Research and Health Promotion with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia and through his role with Royal Life Saving has appeared numerous times on television and radio talking about drowning and water safety.  Also during this time he developed for the society a new course aimed at older Australians called the Grey Medallion, a course to train home pool inspectors, and programs targeting parents to ensure the safety of their children around aquatic locations. He has been the facilitator of number workshops in Australia and Internationally. 

  • TM4401: Health, Policy and Planning (Level 4; TSV)
  • TM5502: Tropical Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5540: Public Health and the Workplace (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5560: Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5571: Public Health Placement (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5576: Adult Secondary Retrievals (Level 5; TSV)
  • Public Health Association of Australia: - Member 1998-; - Board Member SIG Rep 2012-14; - Board Member VP Finance 2014-; - Special Interest Group Convenor Injury Prevention SIG 2006 -
  • Farmsafe Queensland - Board member 2011-
  • Farmsafe Australia - Committee Member 2012-
  • AusChem - Board member 2014-
  • Australian Injury Prevention Network: - Member 1997-; - President 2000-2004
  • Member of: Australasian Epidemiological Association; Australian Health Promotion Association; American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers; International Life Saving Federation – Research Committee; International Epidemiological Association; The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine; Member of the World Safety Organization; Australian College of Road Safety; International Society for Travel Medicine; International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Member 2011- Honorary Treasurer 2015-
  • Drowning prevention and water safety ; Farm safety; Public Health; Health Promotion; Bicycle safety; Dog bites; Child Safety; First Aid and resuscitation; Disasters; Falls; Quad bikes; Motorcycles; Human health and behaviour; Occupational Health and Safety; Aeromedical research
  • James Cook University Academic Board 2012 -13
  • Injury Prevention; Workplace health and safety; management; and public health.
  • 2011 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to present - Senior Research Fellow, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia
  • 2011 to present - Director, World Safety Organization - Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Townsville)
  • 2002 to 2011 - National Manager Research and Health Promotion, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia (Sydney)
  • 1996 to 2002 - Director, Farm Injury Research, Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety (Moree)
  • 1996 to 2002 - Manager, National Farm Injury Data Centre, University of Sydney (Moree)
  • 1995 to 1996 - Project Officer, Queensland Ambulance Service (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - The Royal Life Saving Society Diploma
  • 2017 - WSO’s Award for Achievement in Scientific Research and Development
  • 2016 - HRH Prince Michael of Kent 125th Anniversary Certificate of Merit
  • 2015 - Sustained Achievement and Contributions to the Field of Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion – Australian Injury Prevention Network
  • 2015 - Royal Life Saving Society - Australia - Australian Long Service Order
  • 2014 - World Safety Organisation - Educational Award
  • 2013 - AIPN Peoples Choice Poster Award, 11th Australasian Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Conference, 11-13 Nov 2013, Freemantle WA. 'I like dogs that don't bite'
  • 2007 - Best Poster World Water Safety Conference and Exhibition –2007 Porto, Portugal 27-29 September 2007. Awarded best poster for: Franklin R, Mathieu E (2007). Understanding older persons water safety needs – research and development.
  • 2013 - Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (FARLF)
  • 2012 - Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia (FPHAA)
  • 2002 - Churchill Fellowship
  • 2013 to 2014 - Ambassador Kidsafe Queensland

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 129+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Richard Franklin from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Emergency Medicine Foundation - Research Grant

Feasibillity of linked data from aeromedical retrieval and transport in Central Queensland

Indicative Funding
$150,000 over 4 years
Aeromedical retrievals are a vital part of an advanced emergency system. Rural communities rely on the service for equitable access to healthcare. Currently, there is limited understanding of the aeromedical patient journey and outcomes. This first of its kind study seeks to take the next step in patient-centred outcomes research by linking together existing, but independent ED, aeromedical, hospital and deaths databases. The aims of the study are: 1. To develop linked data infrastructure 2. Describe aeromedical patient outcomes 3. Identify steps in the patient journey e.g. trauma, multi-hospital, back transfer and patients that require frequent flights.
Richard Franklin, Kristin Edwards and Mark Edwards in collaboration with Peter Aitken and Mark Elcock (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Queensland Health)
Aeromedical Retrieval; Rural Health; Rockhampton; Air Ambulance; Patient Outcomes; Queensland

Travel Health Advisory Group - ACTM Research Grant

Travel Health - Deaths, antimalarial prescriptions and Website

Indicative Funding
$35,630 over 2 years
On average each year 300 international travellers die while in Australia. This study aims to update (2006-2012) the previous research (1997-2000 and 2001-2003) on traveller deaths in Australia. There is also a dearth of information about deaths of children travellers and trauma related travellers deaths. Information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) cause of death information will be utilised to describe travellers deaths 2006-2012. Malaria continues to represent a significant risk for some travellers from Australia and malaria chemoprophylaxis has remained an important countermeasure. Trends in antimalarial use may be influenced by a number of factors, including the availability of antimalarials, increasing resistance, the issuing of updated guidelines for malaria chemoprophylaxis, and continuing education. The aim of this study is to investigate the trends in prescription of antimalarial drugs, particularly those recommended for chemoprophylaxis in Australia, from 2009 to 2013 and to update the last study covering the period 2005 to 2009.
Richard Franklin and Peter Leggat (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Travel Medicine; Death; Malaria; Travel Health; Antimalarials

The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine - Travel Health Advisory Group Grant Scheme

Australians travelling abroad: travel health advice, insurance, concerns and purpose

Indicative Funding
$17,766 over 2 years
Australians have been travelling overseas in record numbers. In previous studies, travellers have not always sought pre-travel health advice or taken out travel insurance, but this may be changing with industry messaging. The purpose of travel may also be changing. The aims of the study are to conduct a survey (a component of the Australian Social Survey): * to describe the patterns and purpose of travel of Australian travellers abroad; * to ascertain the extent to which these travellers sought pre-travel health advice and from whom; * to gain an understanding of travellers' main issues that they may be concerned a bout whilst travelling; * to determine if travellers are taking out travel insurance for their trip and from whom. This information will be able to support travel advice for Australians travelling abroad, by assisting Australian travel health authorities in better directing service delivery for travellers, as well as for teaching purposes to assist in understanding the different risks involved in travel.
Richard Franklin and Peter Leggat (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Travel Medicine; travel healrth; Death; antimalarials; Malaria

Surf Life Saving Australia - Research Grant

Improving Bystander Coastal Rescue Capability

Indicative Funding
$3,600 (administered by UNSW)
The primary aim of this project is to establish the first evidence-based understanding of the occurrence and effectiveness of coastal bystander rescues and their impact on drowning deaths. To achieve this aim the specific research objectives are to: 1. Deliver New Knowledge of Coastal Bystander Rescues A mixed methods social science approach will be used to compile the first comprehensive database, profile and understanding of coastal bystander rescues. 2. Assess the Efficacy of Different Bystander Rescue Competencies. Novel ocean-based field tests will be conducted to examine the efficacy of these critical aspects of bystander rescues that require entry into coastal waters.
Rob Brander, Richard Franklin and Wendy Shaw (The University of New South Wales, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Drowning; Rescue; Water; Safety; Prevention

North Queensland Primary Health Network - Grants Program

Active Transport in the Tropics - Establishing an Agenda

Indicative Funding
This project will progress the vision and work of the newly formed Active Transport in the Tropics Network - a multidisciplinary academic, technical and community stakeholder group that aims to make Townsville the safest, most active, eco-friendly transport city in Australia and the tropics by 2030. We are planning a scoping study to identify current evidence and gaps in knowledge around physical activity and active transport in Townsville. This project will also involve understanding the impact of the social determinants of health on active transport. Based on this review the Network will develop a participatory action research agenda to achieve the vision with downstream, mid-stream and upstream initiatives.
Richard Franklin, Julie Parison and Sue Devine in collaboration with Anne Swinbourne, Kayla Morris, Adam Connell, Anthony Leicht, Glenn Dawes, Yetta Gurtner and Robyn Preston (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Estate, College of Science & Engineering and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Safety; Wellbeing; Obesity; Active transport; Sustainability; Infrastructure

Ridley AgriProducts Pty Ltd - Donation

Symposium to address anxiety and depression in the workplace

Indicative Funding
This project would raise awareness of depression and anxiety in the workplace and rural communities via the following mechanisms: ? A Townsville Symposium to be held at JCU which would: Discuss the issues around depression and anxiety in the workplace and rural communities; Discuss current research and challenges faced in addressing the issues around depression and anxiety in the workplace and rural communities; Discuss how depression and anxiety in workplaces can be addressed; Discuss how depression and anxiety in rural communities can be addressed. ? A media release about the event would developed and distributed to local media ? A statement from the symposium would be produced providing guidance to employers about recognizing the signs of depression and anxiety in their workplace and strategies to address them. This would be distributed to local media, placed in the JCU website and included in JCU newsletters. ? This Symposium would also be used to developed research questions for future work in the area.
Richard Franklin (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Workplace Health & Safety; Anxiety; Prevention; Health And Wellbeing; Depression

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Quantifying modifiable public health infrastructure risks and how this can reduce the impact of disasters on people with non-communicable disease.

Indicative Funding
This project will quantify modifiable public health infrastructure risks based on how they can reduce the impact of disasters on people with non-communicable diseases. The findings will inform a framework for reducing the impact of disasters on the health and well-being of people with NCDs.
Benjamin Ryan, Richard Franklin, Kerrianne Watt, Erin Smith, Peter Aitken, Peter Leggat and Frederick Burkle (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Edith Cowan University and Harvard University)
Chronic Disease; Disasters; floods; cyclonic storms

AgriFutures Australia - Research Grant

Addressing the barriers to adoption

Indicative Funding
$116,825 over 2 years
The objective of this project is to investigate the employers and employees perception about the importance of understanding of their roles and responsibility in their workplaces. This research will deliver: clearly and concisely identify the rights and responsibilities of primary industry workers and employees; develop a user-friendly guideline outlining rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in primary industry; develop a series of case studies which highlight the importance of understanding the rights and responsibilities stipulated in the legislation. Recommend for further policy research and interventions based on the research findings.
Richard Franklin and Tony Lower (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and The University of Sydney)
Occupational Health & Safety; Legislation; Systems; Public Health; Policy; Barriers

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Investigation of Factors That Contribute to Suboptimal Dose Delivery From Mechanical Infusion Pumps in Warmer Climates. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Safety Role of Air Cabin Crew: Personal, Social and Managerial Challenges (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Epidemiology of Venomous bites and stings in Queensland, Australia: A Retrospective study of Envenomations from 2008 to 2016 (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Resuscitation Strategies for Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) and Improving Patient Outcomes. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Assessing Severe Obstetric Morbidity in Resource Poor and Developed World Setting (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Qualitative Study on the Factors Influencing Pre-retirement Planning of Hong Kong People and the Role of Occupational Therapist in Pre-retirement Planning and Intervention (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Drowning Prevention among Vulnerable Populations (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding the Aeromedical Patient journey and Outcomes in Central Queensland: A Linked Data Study (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Building the evidence base for river drowning prevention (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Study into the disposal of deceased persons as a result of violent crime (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Effectiveness of School-based Leprosy Screening and Education Programmes on Increasing the Early Detection of Leprosy in Timor-Leste’s Oecusse Enclave. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Promoting health and well-being during the work-to-retirement transition process: An occupational perspective (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Exploring the Effectiveness and Sustainability, of a Systems Approach to Whole of Organisation Quality Management. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Review of Communication and Support Systems for People From Rural and Remote N. Queensland who have been Recently Hospitalised with Cardiac Disease and Development, Piloting and Evaluation of a Revised Model of Care (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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