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Prof Allen Cheng is an infectious diseases physician. He is Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and is Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health. He has a PhD (Flinders University), a Master of Public Health (Monash University) and a Master of Biostatistics. He has previously worked as an infectious diseases and general physician in Darwin and Geelong, and has worked in remote communities in the Top End of Australia, and in Papua New Guinea, Thailand, the United States and Finland.

His research covers a diverse area within infectious diseases, including sepsis and severe melioidosis, tropical medicine, influenza and vaccine effectiveness, hospital infection prevention and control, antibiotic pharmacokinetics, antimicrobial drug policy and clinical infectious diseases. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications (as well as >40 letters/editorials and 17 book chapters).

Prof Cheng is a foundation member of the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID); he was the primary author for national guidelines for H1N1/09 influenza and Clostridium difficile infection; a foundation member of the Clinical Research Network of ASID; a steering committee member for the National Prescribing Service Antibiotic Resistance initiative; and a member of expert writing groups for Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic and Respiratory.

He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (advising the Therapeutic Goods Administration on drug regulation issues), the National Influenza Surveillance Committee and the Australian Technical Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Until 2015, he was ASID representative to the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (a subcommittee of the Australian Health Protection Committee).

His work has been recognized as recipient of a NHMRC Excellence Award (2014), a Victorian Public Healthcare Award (Healthcare Innovation) for work with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team, Alfred Health (2013), and recipient of the Frank Fenner Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases (ASID, 2012). He has also been a technical advisor to the World Health Organisation, resulting in drafting of international guidelines for management of sepsis and for severe H1N1/09 infection.

External positions

Director, Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 1999 2018

Risk factors for infectiousness of patients with tuberculosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Melsew, Y. A., Doan, T. N., Gambhir, M., Cheng, A. C., McBryde, E. & Trauer, J. M. Feb 2018 In : Epidemiology and Infection. 146, 3, p. 345-353 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

A global call from five countries to collaborate in antibiotic stewardship: United we succeed, divided we might fail

Goff, D. A., Kullar, R., Goldstein, E. J. C., Gilchrist, M., Nathwani, D., Cheng, A. C., Cairns, K. A., Escandón-Vargas, K., Villegas, M. V., Brink, A., van den Bergh, D. & Mendelson, M. Feb 2017 In : Lancet Infectious Diseases. 17, 2, p. e56-e63 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Australia's National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System 1991–2011: expanding, adapting and improving

Gibney, K. B., Cheng, A. C., Hall, R. & Leder, K. Apr 2017 In : Epidemiology and Infection. 145, 5, p. 1006-1017 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Duration of platelet storage and outcomes of critically ill patients

Flint, A., Aubron, C., Bailey, M., Bellomo, R., Pilcher, D., Cheng, A. C., Hegarty, C., Reade, M. C. & McQuilten, Z. 1 Mar 2017 In : Transfusion. 57, 3, p. 599-605 7 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle