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Professor John Turnidge

08 8161 6873
Womens and Childrens Hospital (WCH)
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Practice Responsibilities:Emeritus Professor, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Specialities:Antimicrobial susceptibility and resistance detection, antimicrobialpharmacodynamics, antimicrobial stewardship

Professor Turnidge graduated in medicine from Sydney University and subsequently trained in infectious diseases and microbiology at Flinders Medical Centre.

After a period as Head of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, he returned to the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide to a similar position. Subsequently, he became Director of the Division of Laboratory Medicine at the same institution.

He has a long-standing interest in antimicrobial prescribing and antimicrobial resistance, and has contributed nationally in these areas to government, international organisations and learned societies, including the NHMRC, the WHO, the US-based Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, and the Therapeutic Guidelines-Antibiotic writing group.

He co-founded the Australian Society for Antimicrobials, which now has over 500 members. He retains expertise in diagnostic microbiology and infectious diseases clinical work, and his advice is sought on all aspects of antimicrobials from laboratory testing to development and appropriate use.

He is currently assisting the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to develop and implement the first comprehensive national surveillance system for antimicrobial use and resistance in Australia.