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Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann

Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann is a medical practitioner and epidemiologist with particular expertise in acute respiratory infections. She has led multidisciplinary research teams in Papua New Guinea and Australia for 30 years. In 1998 she moved from the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research to the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth and has been lead investigator of otitis media research in Western Australia since then. She generated a program of research together with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal colleagues in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area to address biological, environmental and societal risk factors for OM and has evaluated programs for prevention of OM in Aboriginal populations. Deborah led the first NHMRC Indigenous Capacity Building Grant in Population Health consisting entirely of Indigenous Team Investigators resulting in 4 of 6 researchers enrolled completing PhDs (1 with distinction) and 1 is currently completing her PhD. She has conducted pneumococcal carriage and invasive disease surveillance to evaluate the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines. Together with the PNGIMR, Peter Richmond and others she is conducting a randomised controlled trial of immunogenicity, safety and impact on carriage of pneumococcal conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines in infants in Papua New Guinea. In 2012 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia. (CIG)

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The BIGDATA team meeting at the CRE launch in April 2015. The team is lead by Allen Cheng and Jemima Beisbarth and will be bringing data together...

The Indigenous Reference and Capacity Building group is chaired by Kelvin Kong. The group is intended to provide high level strategic advice to...

With membership from all over the Country, researchers involved in the CRE Meet at Menzies in Darwin for the launch in April 2015.

A clinical and technical advisory group (TAG) has been formed to update the Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of...

Sandra currently works with the NT Department of Health with in Top End West as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner coordinator. Her role involves...

Dr Jeffries-Stokes is a Paediatrician who has been working in clinical practice and research in the Goldfields of Western Australia for more than...

Glenn Pearson, a Noongar from Western Australia and father of five, is the Manager Aboriginal Health Research which includes managing the Kulunga...

Professor Peter Morris is a leading researcher in Indigenous ear health who has primary or senior authorship of many RCTs and is...

Associate Professor Kelvin Kong hails from the Worimi people of Port Stephens, north of Newcastle. He completed his Bachelor of...

Professor Jennifer Reath is the Foundation Peter Brennan Chair of the Department of General Practice at the University of Western...

Professor Sven Silburn is a national leader in clinical, epidemiological and evaluative research in child development and...

Dr Robyn Marsh is a NHMRC postdoctoral fellow at Menzies. She undertook her PhD on nasopharyngeal colonisation and has generated...

Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan is Head of the Child Health Laboratory Group at Menzies, which has a major focus on...

Dr Ruth B Thornton is a post-doctoral researcher in the Vaccine Trials Group and a BrightSpark Foundation Fellow at the...

Professor Allen Cheng is an ID clinician and epidemiologist, with a NHMRC CDF. He has considerable expertise in statistical...

Ms Heather D’Antoine is Associate Director for Aboriginal Programs at Menzies School of Health Research. Heather has 25 years of...

Professor Anne Chang is an established leading researcher with international recognition in cough, bronchiectasis and evidence...

Professor Kim Mulholland is an Australian paediatrician with subspecialty training in immunology, respiratory medicine and...

Professor Paul Torzillo is a Senior Respiratory Physician and Intensive Care Physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in...

Professor Ngiare Brown is a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. Prof Brown was the foundation chief executive officer...

is a Staff Specialist General Paediatrician at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Westmead). His clinical interests include working with...

will have overall responsibility for the conduct of the CRE activities in WA with CI Lehmann. He has actively participated in the development of...

Professor Amanda Leach is leader of the Ear Health Research Program, Child Health Division at the Menzies School of Health Research. She won a...

For researchers

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For health practitioners

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For families and communities

Many Indigenous children, and almost all Indigenous children living in remote communities...