Paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM was appointed President of AAMRI in August 2019. He has been Director of the Telethon Kids Institute since July 2012, and is also an infectious diseases consultant physician at the Perth Children’s Hospital and a Professor at The University of Western Australia.
Professor Carapetis has particular expertise in Indigenous child health, group A streptococcal diseases, vaccine-preventable disease, and youth and child development and education.
He 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 leads the End Rheumatic Heart Disease Centre of Research Excellence (END RHD CRE) based at Telethon Kids, is Co-Chair of END RHD, and Co-Founder and Board Member of REACH (Rheumatic heart disease. Evidence. Advocacy. Communication. Hope).
From 2006 until 2012 Professor Carapetis was Director of the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, and prior to that was Director of the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne and Theme Director at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.