Public Health Laboratory Network Membership

This page contains the list of members of the Public Health Laboratory Network.

Page last updated: 19 December 2021

State and Territory Members

Prof Benjamin Howden
Chair
VIC
Director
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Laboratory
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
The Melbourne University

Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne

Dr Jen Kok
Deputy Chair
NSW
Medical Virologist
Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR), NSW Health Pathology
Westmead Hospital

A/Prof Amy Jennison
QLD
Chief Scientist
Public Health Microbiology
Forensic & Scientific Services

A/Professor
Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland

Prof Deborah Williamson
VIC
Director
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Dr Gary Lum AM
Principal Medical Advisor
Office of Health Protection and Response
Department of Health

Honorary Visiting Medical Officer
ACT Pathology

Honorary Professor
College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University

Prof Vitali Sintchenko
NSW
Director
Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
ICPMR, NSW Health Pathology
Westmead Hospital

Associate Professor
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Prof William Rawlinson AM
NSW
Senior Medical Virologist, Director of Serology and Virology
Virology Division, Department of Microbiology
NSW Health Pathology (formally SEALS)

Director of Virology
South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health Service,
Prince of Wales Hospital

Professor
School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales

A/Prof Karina Kennedy
ACT
Director Microbiology
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Department
ACT Pathology

Associate Professor
College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University

A/Prof Robert Baird
NT
Director of Microbiology/Infectious Diseases Physician
Royal Darwin Hospital

Associate Professor
Flinders University

Dr David Speers
WA
Network Head
Division of Microbiology
PathWest Laboratory Medicine

Dr Tim Inglis
WA
Medical Microbiologist
Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
PathWest Laboratory Medicine

Dr Ivan Bastian
SA
Clinical Microbiology Consultant
Infectious Diseases Laboratories
Institute of Medical & Veterinary Science

Dr Chuan Kok Lim
SA
Clinical Virology Consultant
Infectious Diseases Laboratories
SA Pathology

Dr Louise Cooley
TAS
Director
Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Royal Hobart Hospital

National Members

Dr James Watson
Veterinary Investigation Leader
Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness
CSIRO Livestock Industries

Dr Ann Koehler
CDNA Representative
Director
Communicable Disease Control
Department of Health, South Australia

Expert Members

Prof Ian Barr
Deputy Director
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Prof Monica Lahra
WHO Collaborating Centre for STI and AMR
NSW Health Pathology Microbiology
National Neisseria Network Chair

Observer and Associate Members

Dr Jennifer Robson
QLD
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology,
Private Pathology representative

Ms Lora Starrs
Technical and Forensic Intelligence
Australian Federal Police representative

Dr Susan Morpeth
New Zealand
Chair, New Zealand Microbiology Network
Clinical Microbiologist
Canterbury District Health Board

Dr Erasmus Smit
New Zealand
Virologist
Institute of Environmental Science and Research

Dr Sanmarié Schlebusch
QLD
Chief Medical and Genomics Microbiologist
Public Health Microbiology
Forensic & Scientific Services

Dr Susan Ballard
VIC
Principal Scientist
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Unit
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

A/Prof Maryza Graham
VIC
Medical Microbiologist
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Unit
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Dr Patrick Harris
QLD
Director of Microbiology
Pathology Queensland

Mr Fred Moore
QLD
Virology Scientific Manager
Forensic & Scientific Services

Dr Norelle Sherry
VIC
Clinical Microbiologist & Infectious Diseases Physician
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Unit
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Dr Jan Williamson
TAS
Medical Scientist in Charge
Department of Molecular Medicine
The Royal Hobart Hospital

Dr Sanchia Warren
TAS
Infectious Diseases Specialist and Pathologist
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
The Royal Hobart Hospital

Ms Tuyet Hoang
VIC
Project Manager
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Unit
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity