Deon Canyon, PhD, MPH, DBA FACTM

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Deon Canyon, PhD, MPH, DBA FACTM

Associate Professor

Director of Global Health Protection & Security Certificate Program

Academic Degrees

  • DBA, (Health Services Leadership) University of Western Australia
  • MPH, (Management) James Cook University, Australia
  • PhD, (Vector Control and Capacity) James Cook University, Australia
  • GCEdu, (Tertiary Teaching) James Cook University, Australia
  • BSc Hons I, (Host-Parasite Dynamics) James Cook University, Australia
  • BScF, (Forestry) University of Technology, Papua New Guinea

Awards & Honors

  • Life Fellow of the Australian College of Tropical Medicine (2006)
  • Australian Research Training Scheme (full DBA scholarship 2008-2010)
  • Sidney Sax Medal (most outstanding MPH student 2005)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (full PhD scholarship plus stipend 1995-1998)

Research Interests

  • Leadership and Crisis Management: leadership scholarship and development; crisis auditing and management; and preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for organizational and disaster-related crises and emergencies.
  • Bioterrorism: leadership and medical practitioner competencies. prevention of bioterrorism, education and response, modes and methods of bioterrorism, context and ethical issues, information management and control.
  • Environmental Health: Management of ecosystem changes that impact negatively on public health – e.g. climate change effects on vector-borne disease. Other areas include risk assessment and communication, toxicology, ethics, sustainability, sanitation, air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, environmental disasters.
  • Medical Entomology: integrated vector management (IVM), vector control, pesticide management, disease transmission, epidemiology, surveillance, biology of vector-borne diseases.
  • Community Development: awareness building, vector and pest management programs, environmental modification, education, sustainability, traditional governance, reforestation.

With a background in arts and theatre management, Associate Professor Canyon was attracted by infectious diseases, arthropod vectors and complex transmission dynamics into the field of public health. A decade later, he acted on an emerging interest in crisis leadership and worked on bioterrorism competencies in health leaders. After spending time with Prof Ian Mitroff in San Francisco and several other distinguished crisis scholars in the USA, he conducted crisis leadership audits on over 130 health and other organisations from 2007. In 2010 he completed a study on 2000 effective and poor leaders in business, health and emergency management in Australia, India and the Philippines. Associate Professor Canyon has published over 120 journal articles, book chapters, books and conference papers.

Selected Publications

Parison J, Speare R, Canyon DV. Head lice: the feelings people have. International Journal of Dermatology, 2013; 52(2):169-171, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2011.05300.x (Feb)

Canyon DV. The state of systemic threat surveillance in some Australian health organizations. Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning, 2013;6(2):102-110. (Jan)

Brown, L.H., Canyon. D.V., Buettner, P.G. The energy burden and environmental impact of health services: A review. American Journal of Public Health, 2012;102(12):e76-e82. (Dec)