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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, and the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020.
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, and the Bailey K Ashford Medal awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2020.

Top Publications

  • Guerrier, G, de Montera, A-M, Mousset, M, Steer, A. Incidence of surgically drained cutaneous abscess in relation to climate in Mayotte, Comoros.. Trop Doct 44(2) : 77 -81 2014
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  • Jenney, A, Holt, D, Ritika, R, Southwell, P, Pravin, S, Buadromo, E, Carapetis, J, Tong, S, Steer, A. The clinical and molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus infections in Fiji.. BMC Infect Dis 14: 160 2014
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  • Parks, T, Colquhoun, SM, Kado, J, Miller, AE, Ward, B, Heenan, RC, Tukana, I, Steer, AC. O071 Prevalence and incidence of rheumatic heart disease known to clinical services in Fiji: a national historic data-linkage cohort study. Global Heart 9(1) : e19 2014
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  • Heenan, RC, Bärnighausen, T, O'Brien, J, Parks, T, Kado, JH, Bloom, DE, Steer, AC. O114 The cost-of-illness of rheumatic heart disease: a national estimation in Fiji. Global Heart 9(1) : e30 -e31 2014
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  • Parks, T, Kado, J, Miller, AE, Ward, B, Heenan, RC, Colquhoun, SM, Tukana, I, Steer, AC. PM471 Mortality amongst patients with rheumatic heart disease in Fiji: a national historic data-linkage cohort study. Global Heart 9(1) : e158 2014
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