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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

  • Steer, AC, Carapetis, JR, Dale, JB, Fraser, JD, Good, MF, Guilherme, L, Moreland, NJ, Mulholland, EK, Schodel, F, Smeesters, PR. Status of research and development of vaccines for Streptococcus pyogenes.. Vaccine 34(26) : 2953 -2958 2016
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  • Engelman, D, Kado, J, Mataika, R, Ahkee, M, Donath, S, Parks, T, Carapetis, J, Steer, A. OC02_10 Adherence to Secondary Prophylaxis for Rheumatic Heart Disease Patients Diagnosed Through Screening Is Inadequate for Disease Control. Global Heart 11(2) : e3 -e4 2016
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  • Engelman, D, Kado, J, Remenyi, B, Colquhoun, S, Carapetis, J, Donath, S, Wilson, N, Steer, A. PM277 Accuracy of Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Screening for Rheumatic Heart Disease by Health Workers With Limited Training. Global Heart 11(2) : e117 2016
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  • Colquhoun, S, Read, C, Ward, B, Taito, R, Matatolu, L, Matanatabu, F, Kee, MA, La Vincente, S, Kado, J, Steer, A. PS277 A Review of Patient Perceived Barriers and Enablers of Adherence to Secondary Prophylaxis Medication for Rheumatic Heart Disease in the Fiji Islands. Global Heart 11(2) : e61 2016
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  • Rattanavong, S, Dance, DAB, Davong, V, Baker, C, Frost, H, Phetsouvanh, R, Vongsouvath, M, Newton, PN, Steer, AC, Smeesters, PR. Group A streptococcal strains isolated in Lao People's Democratic Republic from 2004 to 2013.. Epidemiol Infect 144(8) : 1770 -1773 2016
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