The Telethon Institute is headed by leading paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Professor Jonathan Carapetis.
Professor Carapetis took up the position of Institute Director in July 2012 after six years leading the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.
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Professor Carapetis holds separate qualifications as a medical practitioner (MBBS), specialist paediatrician (FRACP Paediatrics), specialist infectious diseases physician (FRACP Infect Dis), and specialist public health physician (FAFPHM), as well as a PhD.
He is recognised as a leading mind in the Australian health field, with particular expertise in Indigenous child health.
From 2006-2012, Professor Carapetis was Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where he forged new directions in research and training to tackle the big problems in Indigenous health.
Amongst his many accolades, in 2013, Professor Carapetis was awarded Honorary Doctor of Science, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory. He was also named as Northern Territory Australian of the Year in 2008. He has been named as one of Australia's top 100 brains in Cosmos magazine, selected in the top ten in Medicine and Health in the Bulletin Magazine's "Smart 100" list, and attended the Prime Minister's 20:20 summit in Canberra in 2008.
Professor Carapetis has made an international contribution and commitment to the reduction of rheumatic heart disease. While rare in most developed countries, Australia has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world due to its prevalence within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in Northern Australia.
Professor Carapetis undertook his medical training at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospitals.
Previous positions include terms as Director of the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne, Theme Director at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne and Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
Professor Carapetis is married with two children.
- PhD ‐ University of Sydney
- FAFPHM ‐ Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
- FRACP (Infectious Diseases) ‐ Royal Australian College of Physicians
- FRACP (Paediatrics) ‐ Royal Australian College of Physicians
- MBBS ‐ University of Melbourne
- BMedSc ‐ University of Melbourne
Areas of expertise and research interests:
- Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
- Other group A streptococcal diseases
- Vaccine preventable disease
- Indigenous child health
- Child development and education
- Youth health and education
- Skin sores and scabies
- Developing a penicillin implant for rheumatic fever
- Healthy Skin, Health Lives
- Maralu Strategy to make fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) history in Fitzroy Valley
- Trans-tasman initiative to develop a rheumatic fever vaccine
- RhEACH Rheumatic heart disease. Evidence. Advocacy. Communication. Hope
- Alternative treatments for skin sores: a randomized controlled trial of trimethoprimsulfamethoxazole regimens compared to benzathine penicillin
- Towards uncovering genetic susceptibility to rheumatic heart disease
- Pacific Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Programme
- gECHO - Screening for rheumatic heart disease in school‐aged Indigenous children
- Improving delivery of secondary prophylaxis for rheumatic heart disease
- A pilot trial of nurse‐led echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease in Fiji
- Evaluation of a Continuous Quality Improvement approach to rheumatic heart disease care in primary health services the Northern Territory and Fiji
- International standardization of echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease
- A trial of alternative schedules of pneumococcal vaccines in Vietnam
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of rotavirus immunization in the Northern Territory
- A trial of mass‐drug administration of ivermectin to control scabies and strongyloidiasis in a remote Aboriginal community
- One Disease at a Time - Saying goodbye to scabies in the East Arnhem region
- 2013- Member, Western Australian Immunisation Strategy Implementation Steering Committee (WAISISC)
- 2013- Chair, Clinical Advisory Group, WA RHD Control Program
- 2012- Member, Western Australian State Health Research Advisory Council
- 2012- Executive Director, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research Board of Directors
- 2012- Member, Program Management Committee, RHD Australia
- 2011- Editorial Board Member, Global Heart Journal, World Heart Federation and Elsevier
- 2011- Working Group on Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease, World Heart Federation, Geneva
- 2010- Board Member, One Disease at a Time Foundation
- 2008- Expert Group Core Member and Head, Expert Group on Rheumatic Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Diseases Expert Group, Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study
- 2007- National Committee for Medicine, Australian Academy of Science
- 2008- Board, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
- 2008- Expert Group Core Member, Cardiovascular Diseases Expert Group, Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study
- 2007- Australian Academy of Science, National Committee for Medicine,
Media release: Telethon Institute appoints new Director, 6 Dec 2011