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Peter Wark is a conjoint Professor of Medicine at Monash University, and the Director of Cystic Fibrosis and RES2, AIRMED, Alfred Health, Melbourne. He holds an honorary position as a senior staff specialist in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle and is an adjunct Professor with the University of Newcastle and senior affiliate researcher at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Immune Health Research programme at HMRI.

He is the Director for the Adult Cystic Fibrosis clinic at the Alfred Hospital that manages the Victorian state-wide Cystic Fibrosis service, providing support to over 340 adult patients with CF in the context of a multidisciplinary team. As director of RES2 he also provides support to people with bronchiectasis and chronic suppurative lung disease. He works in the severe asthma clinic and general respiratory clinics at the Alfred with a special interest in complex airways disease. Since 2009 he has worked within the Commonwealth funded MOICD programme to provide respiratory and sleep outreach support at Narrabri and Moree working with the Kamillori people.

Professor Wark qualified as a Bachelor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1991. He qualified as a specialist in General and Respiratory and Sleep Medicine and was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1999. He was awarded a PhD under the supervision of Professors Peter Gibson and Michael Hensley at the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2001.

He was made a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2017. He was awarded a Masters in Clinical trial design from the University of Sydney in 2023.

From 2001-2005, Professor Wark was a post-doctoral research fellow under an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Travelling Fellowship at the University of Southampton and University College London, under the supervision of Professors Stephen Holgate, Donna Davies and Sebastian Johnston.

He was a member of the TSANZ executive board and chairman of the clinical care and resources subcommittee from 2011 to 2015.

Professor Wark was a senior staff specialist in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine John Hunter Hospital and director of the adult Cystic Fibrosis centre from 2005 to 2023.

He was the medical director for the Respiratory Community of practice with the Agency of Clinical Innovation, NSW health, responsible for supporting respiratory services and practice throughout NSW from February 2020 to June 2023 (during the COVID-19 pandemic) and a member of clinical expert advisory group from August 2022 to June 2023.

Professor Wark is currently on the board of directors for Cystic Fibrosis Australia and the National Asthma Council.

Research interests

Professor Wark's research interests are; airway inflammation in the context of chronic airways disease, innate immunity, the role of infection in chronic airways disease and translational clinical trial design. His group has developed expertise in identifying respiratory viruses in airway secretions and developing an in-vitro cell culture model of the airway epithelium that we use to model the effect of infection and inflammation. His research focuses upon factors that increase susceptibility to virus infection in asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and bronchiectasis. Characterising airway inflammation and innate immune responses in chronic airways disease and applying this to clinical care, as well as the development of precise individualised management strategies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 1 Jun 2001

External positions

Senior Staff Specialist and Consultant Respiratory Physician , Hunter New England Local Health District

Jan 2005 → …

Conjoint Professor and Co-director Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs, University of Newcastle

Jan 2005 → …

Research area keywords

  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Airway inflammation
  • Respiratory virus infection
  • Bronchiectasis

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