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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

  • Le, B, Monteiro, MAA, Amaral, S, Wand, H, Matthews, A, Hii, SF, Clarke, NE, Arkell, P, Yan, J, Engelman, D, et al. The impact of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine citrate, and albendazole mass drug administration on the prevalence of scabies and soil-transmitted helminths in school-aged children in three municipalities in Timor-Leste: a before-after assessment.. Lancet Glob Health 11(6) : e924 -e932 2023
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  • Tosif, S, Lee, L-Y, Nguyen, J, Overmars, I, Selman, C, Grobler, AC, McMinn, A, Waller, G, McNab, S, Jarvis, T, et al. A novel anterior nasal swab to detect respiratory viruses: a prospective study of diagnostic accuracy.. BMC Pediatr 23(1) : 201 2023
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  • Parks, T, Narube, L, Perman, ML, Sakumeni, K, Fong, JJ, Engelman, D, Colquhoun, SM, Steer, AC, Kado, J. Population-based assessment of cardiovascular complications of rheumatic heart disease in Fiji: a record-linkage analysis.. BMJ Open 13(4) : e070629 2023
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  • Cheng, DR, Schrader, S, McMinn, A, Crawford, NW, Tosif, S, Mcnab, S, Steer, AC. Paediatric admissions with SARS-CoV-2 during the Delta and Omicron waves: an Australian single-centre retrospective study.. BMJ Paediatr Open 7(1) : 2023
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  • Lake, SJ, Engelman, D, Zinihite, J, Sokana, O, Boara, D, Nasi, T, Gorae, C, Osti, MH, Phelan, S, Parnaby, M, et al. One versus two doses of ivermectin-based mass drug administration for the control of scabies: A cluster randomised non-inferiority trial.. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 17(3) : e0011207 2023
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