Professor Tony Walls
Professor Walls is a Paediatric Infectious Disease specialist at Christchurch Hospital and Head of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
Prof Walls graduated from the University of Otago and trained as a general paediatrician. He then moved to London to train in Infectious Diseases at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Before returning to New Zealand he worked as a Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, where he was the lead clinician for the Paediatric HIV Service.
His current research interests include the epidemiology of infections in children, the diagnosis and management of paediatric bone and joint infections and vaccinating pregnant women to protect their infants. He is Co-Director of the recently established Research for Children Aotearoa research collaborative which brings together researchers from across institutions, regions and disciplines to enhance community-led child health research.
Professor Walls is also an advisor to PHARMAC and the New Zealand Ministry of Health on vaccine policy matters, and is an author on the National Immunisation Handbook.
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