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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 (University of Queensland). 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 280 peer-reviewed scientific publications (as well as >50 letters/editorials and 17 book chapters).

Prof Cheng is current Vice-President of the Australasian 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 a member of the Expert Advisory Group revising the Australian Infection Control Guidelines for NHMRC. 

He is current Chair of the Advisory Committee for Vaccines and a previous member of the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (advising the Therapeutic Goods Administration on vaccine and drug regulation issues), and Co-Chair of the Australian Technical Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). He is also a member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee. 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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Research Output

Antimicrobial anaphylaxis: the changing face of severe antimicrobial allergy

Hall, V., Wong, M., Munsif, M., Stevenson, B. R., Elliott, K., Lucas, M., Baird, A. J., Athan, E., Young, M., Pickles, R., Cheng, A. C., Stewardson, A. J., Aung, A. K. & Trubiano, J. A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 75, 1, p. 229-235 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Design characteristics and statistical methods used in interrupted time series studies evaluating public health interventions: a review

Turner, S. L., Karahalios, A., Forbes, A. B., Taljaard, M., Grimshaw, J. M., Cheng, A. C., Bero, L. & McKenzie, J. E., Jun 2020, In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 122, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Use of a radiopharmaceutical multidose dispenser for positron emission tomography: Risk assessment and mitigation measures for infection prevention

Karanfilovska, D., Martin, R., Barton, H., Yap, K. S. & Cheng, A., 3 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Infection, Disease and Health. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Antibiotics use in animals and humans in Australia

Langham, F. & Cheng, A. C., 28 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Medical Journal of Australia. 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

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