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Professor Andrew Steer is Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is the Co-Chair of Melbourne Children’s Global Health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Andrew did the majority of his medical training at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Andrew moved to Suva, Fiji, in 2005 where he conducted research towards his PhD (University of Melbourne). Subsequently, he completed his subspecialty training in paediatric infectious diseases at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, before returning to Melbourne in 2010.

Andrew’s research focuses on tropical diseases, particularly scabies, Strep A and rheumatic heart disease. He is the Director of the World Scabies Program, recipient of the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award, and Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Scabies Control. Andrew is Co-Director of the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative, Co-Chair of the Strep A Vaccine Global Consortium, and President of the Lancefield International Society for Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases.

Andrew has won several awards including the inaugural Jian Zhou Medal awarded by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2020, the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020, and the Sir Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health awarded by the Australian Academy of Science in 2024.
Professor Andrew Steer is Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal...
Professor Andrew Steer is Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, and Group Leader of the Tropical Diseases Research Group, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is the Co-Chair of Melbourne Children’s Global Health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Andrew did the majority of his medical training at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Andrew moved to Suva, Fiji, in 2005 where he conducted research towards his PhD (University of Melbourne). Subsequently, he completed his subspecialty training in paediatric infectious diseases at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, before returning to Melbourne in 2010.

Andrew’s research focuses on tropical diseases, particularly scabies, Strep A and rheumatic heart disease. He is the Director of the World Scabies Program, recipient of the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award, and Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Scabies Control. Andrew is Co-Director of the Australian Strep A Vaccine Initiative, Co-Chair of the Strep A Vaccine Global Consortium, and President of the Lancefield International Society for Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases.

Andrew has won several awards including the inaugural Jian Zhou Medal awarded by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2020, the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020, and the Sir Gustav Nossal Medal for Global Health awarded by the Australian Academy of Science in 2024.

Top Publications

  • Wilkins, AL, Steer, AC, Cranswick, N, Gwee, A. Question 1: Is it safe to use ivermectin in children less than five years of age and weighing less than 15 kg?. Arch Dis Child 103(5) : 514 -519 2018
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  • Caron, P, Ferrero Y de Loma-Osorio, G, Nabarro, D, Hainzelin, E, Guillou, M, Andersen, I, Arnold, T, Astralaga, M, Beukeboom, M, Bickersteth, S, et al. Food systems for sustainable development: proposals for a profound four-part transformation.. Agron Sustain Dev 38(4) : 41 2018
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  • Gray, L-A, D'Antoine, HA, Tong, SYC, McKinnon, M, Bessarab, D, Brown, N, Reményi, B, Steer, A, Syn, G, Blackwell, JM, et al. Genome-Wide Analysis of Genetic Risk Factors for Rheumatic Heart Disease in Aboriginal Australians Provides Support for Pathogenic Molecular Mimicry.. J Infect Dis 216(11) : 1460 -1470 2017
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  • Karimkhani, C, Colombara, DV, Drucker, AM, Norton, SA, Hay, R, Engelman, D, Steer, A, Whitfeld, M, Naghavi, M, Dellavalle, RP. The global burden of scabies: a cross-sectional analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015.. Lancet Infect Dis 17(12) : 1247 -1254 2017
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  • Milner, KM, Duke, T, Steer, AC, Kado, JH, Koyamaibole, L, Kaarira, R, Namudu, K, Woolfenden, S, Miller, AE, O'Heir, KE, et al. Neurodevelopmental outcomes for high-risk neonates in a low-resource setting.. Arch Dis Child 102(11) : 1063 -1069 2017
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