John Turnidge, MB BS, FRACP, FRCPA


Clinical Professor of Paediatrics and Pathology, Affiliate Professor of Molecular and Biomedical Science, University of Adelaide

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, University of South Australia

Chief, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Children’s, Youth and Women’s Health Service, North Adelaide, South Australia.



Division of Laboratory Medicine

Women’s and Children’s Hospital

72 King William Rd

North Adelaide, South Australia, 5006


Tel: +61 8 8161 7417

Fax: + 61 8 161 6189



Dr Turnidge graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney, Australia. After internship and residency in Sydney he moved to Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia where he completed training in Infectious Diseases and laboratory Microbiology. He spent a year doing research with William A Craig, MD, in Madison, WI, on the early stages of development of the science of antimicrobial pharmacodynamics. He spent eight years at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne before returning to Adelaide as head of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and then as chief of the Laboratory Medicine division.


His research interests are focussed on antimicrobial resistance and its control, principally as laboratory work but also focussed on prescribing interventions in hospitals and the community. He has also maintained a strong interest in antibacterial pharmacodynamics and its application to clinical practice and the laboratory detection of resistance. These fields of endeavour have led to over 200 publications and a range of editorial boards and leadership positions. He has been President of the Western Pacific Society for Chemotherapy, the 20th International Congress of Chemotherapy, and was cofounder and first President of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials. He has served on the scientific programme committees of the ICAAC and IDSA. He has chaired Australian Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance and the Expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is currently a member of the Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute.