Professor Steve Graham

Senior Principal Research Fellow


Steve Graham is a paediatrician with 20 years of clinical and research experience in international child health in African and Asia-Pacific regions. Particular interests include child tuberculosis, pneumonia and invasive bacterial disease especially invasive salmonellosis in tropical Africa. Steve completed his PhD on the impact of HIV on respiratory disease in Malawian children, which included two first-author Lancet publications. His particular current research interest is to improve implementation of child TB management and prevention in the resource-limited setting.

Since returning to Australia in 2008, Steve has developed collaborative links in Asian-Pacific region, including research projects in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Steve has provided technical assistance on child TB to National TB control Programmes in the region including Indonesia, The Philippines, Lao PDR, Myanmar, China and PNG. He works closely with the World Health Organization in the development of international guidelines and training tools for the management of child TB.


  • 2014- Senior Principal Research Fellow, Burnet Institute, Melbourne
  • 2013- Professor of International Child Health, University of Melbourne
  • 2011- Honorary Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory
  • 2009- Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Children’s Hospital
  • 2009- Paediatric consultant, North Richmond Community Health
  • 2008- Consultant in Child Lung Health, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • 2008- Honorary Research Fellow and Group Leader, International Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • 2008- Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2008- Associate Professor of International Child Health, University of Melbourne

Professional Affiliations

World Health Organization:

  • 2011: Chair, Stop TB Partnership Child TB subgroup
  • 2003-2011: Vice-chair, Stop TB Partnership Child TB subgroup
  • 2012: Member, Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis
  • 2014: Chair, Western Pacific Regional Taskforce on child tuberculosis

National Institutes of Health, USA:

  • 2011-14: Member, IMPAACT Tuberculosis Scientific Committee

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, France:

  • 1998: Member
  • 1999-2004: Programme Secretary, Lung Health Section
  • 2004-2005: Vice-Chairman, Lung Health Section
  • 2005-2010: Chairman, Lung Health Section
  • 2007-2010: Board Member

  • 2013: Member, Wellcome Trust/MRC Joint Global Health Trials Committee

  • 2009: Paediatric TB representative, National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee, Australia
  • 2006: Member, European Society of Paediatric Infectious Disease
  • 1998: Member, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene


  • 2001-7 :Clinical Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, College of Medicine University of Malawi, Malawi
  • 2001-7: Senior Clinical Lecturer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • 2000: Research Fellow, Department of Medical Microbiology and Genitourinary Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 1999: Thomas Marks Fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
  • 1999: Locum Medical Officer, Karonga Prevention Study (Wellcome Trust and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Chilumba, Malawi
  • 1997-98 : Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics: College of Medicine, University of Malawi
  • 1995-96 : Lecturer in Paediatrics: College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Malawi
  • 1993-96: Lecturer in Tropical Child Health: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK


  • 1981: MB BS, University of Sydney, Australia
  • 1992: FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia
  • 1993: Diploma in Tropical Child Health, University of Liverpool, UK – Distinction
  • 2010: PhD, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


From Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine:

  • Cicely Williams Memorial Medal: 1993
  • Leverhulme Medal for distinguished contribution to tropical medicine: 2007

Projects (6)

Current (6)

  • Building a Centre of Excellence for Research and Training for DR-TB in Daru, Papua New Guinea

  • ESCAPE-TB: Enhanced screening and preventive therapy for TB in Daru, PNG

  • Evelyn Lavu Travel Scholarship

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • RID-TB: Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB in Western Province, PNG

  • The Social and Cultural Determinants of TB in Daru [SCuD-TB Daru – Study 1]

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2015 (8)

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