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Honorary Emeritus Fellow


Areas of research expertise: acute lower respiratory infections, otitis media, epidemiology, and Aboriginal health.

Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann is a medical practitioner and epidemiologist with expertise in acute respiratory infections, otitis media (OM), and Aboriginal health.

Over the past 30 years, she has led multidisciplinary research teams in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and, since 1998, in Australia.

When she came to the Telethon Kids Institute, she initiated research in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area to address biological, environmental, and societal risk factors for OM, and has evaluated programs for prevention of OM in Aboriginal populations. In 2016, she established the Urban Aboriginal Ear Health Program in Perth.

She has investigated the epidemiology of respiratory tract infections through data linkage, and conducted carriage and invasive pneumococcal disease surveillance.

Deborah led the first NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in Population Health, consisting entirely of Indigenous Team Investigators.

Together with the PNG Institute of Medical Research and others, she has recently completeda trial of pneumococcal conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines in infants.

In 2012, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.