Antimicrobials 2018

Howard Florey Oration

The Howard Florey Oration will be delivered each year during the Society’s annual scientific meeting and will be presented by a Scientist who has made a significant contribution to a greater understanding of antimicrobials and their appropriate use.

The Australian Society for Antimicrobials would like to thank The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, for allowing the Society to use the Howard Florey name for what we believe will become one of the prestigious scientific presentations on the Australian scientific meeting calendar.

The topic of this year's Howard Florey Oration will be In Vitro Veritas? Susceptibility Testing in the 21st Century.

The 2018 Howard Florey Oration will be presented by:

Professor John Turnidge
University of Adelaide, South Australia

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 800 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. From January 2017, he has taken on the role of Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing.

We would like to congratulate Professor John Turnidge for recently being awarded Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine as an infectious disease physician and microbiologist, particularly to the advancement of health policy in the area of antimicrobial resistance and to professional medical organisations.