Associate Professor Peter Richmond

Developing immunisations to save children’s lives

Associate Professor Peter Richmond is Head of Paediatrics within UWA’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Richmond works closely with the Telethon Kids Institute where he is Head of the Vaccine Trials Group, which sits in the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, of which he is a Co-Director.

Professor Richmond’s main research focus is the development and evaluation of new vaccines created to prevent bacterial and viral infections from spreading among young children.

Over recent years, Professor Richmond has focused on the prevention and treatment of meningitis, respiratory infections and middle ear infections.

In relation to meningitis, he conducted a controlled study to asses the Novartis Meningococcal B recombinant vaccine, which led to the vaccine being routinely adopted around Australia.

Professor Richmond has researched middle ear infections across Indigenous Australians, and discovered more than 80 per cent of Aboriginal children suffer from middle ear infections before they are one year old.

Other research has included developing a maternal respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine to protect infants, through their mother’s immunity, from birth until six months of age – a time when they are most vulnerable.

Alongside his research, Professor Richmond is a Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Immunologist at Perth Children’s Hospital, Head of the Department of Clinical Research and Education, and Director of the Child Health Research Network at Child and Adolescent Health Services. He is also Deputy Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation at the Commonwealth Department of Health.


2018 – 2019

Menzies School of Health Research

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WA Department of Health

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