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Tony Walls 2019 imageProfessor

MB ChB DCH PGDipTertT(Otago) MD(Lond) FRACP

Tel +64 3 372 6755

Tony Walls is a graduate of the University of Otago, having trained in Paediatrics at both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals.

He trained as a Paediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. At this time he completed an MD through the University of London, focusing on adenovirus infection in children following bone marrow transplantation.

He has an ongoing clinical interest in the management of infection in immunocompromised children. Before returning to Christchurch he worked as a Consultant at Sydney Children's Hospital, and was lead clinician for the Paediatric HIV Service.


  • Convenor 5th year programme Paediatrics
  • Co-convenor Professional Development 4th/5th/6th year
  • Co-convenor Global Health Classroom
  • Convenor annual George Abbott Symposium


  • Paediatric Society of NZ – Chair of the Infection and Immunisation Special Interest Group
  • Australian and NZ Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ANZPID) Committee
  • Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID) Clinical Research Network
  • World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) – Board Member

Research interests

Study Protocol – Pre-school osteoarticular infection (POI) study (PDF)

  • Kingella infections in preschool children
  • Epidemiology of common childhood infections
  • Optimising antibiotic prescribing in children
  • Impact of vaccinations on global health outcomes for children
  • Teaching Global Health in Paediatrics


Walls, T., Bowen, E., Elsmore, A., & Lucas, N. (2024). Rapid PCR testing reduces antibiotic prescribing in children presenting to hospital with lower respiratory tract infections due to influenza. Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses, 18, e13265. doi: 10.1111/irv.13265

Zumbaroff, Z., Duff, P., Saxton, P., Sonder, G. J. B., Thirkell, C., Scott, J., Walls, T., & Anglemyer, A. (2023). Sexually transmitted infections and the risk of reinfection within 12 months: A population-based cohort. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/olq.0000000000001874

Walls, T. (2023, September). Research for children Aotearoa. University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Inaugural Professorial Lecture].

Crump, J. A., Vakaoti, P., Moore-Jones, M., Tan, L., Ergler, C. R., Fenton, E., Anderson, E. M. R., Bremer, P. J., Sharples, K. J., Walls, T., … Hadingham, J., Hill, P. C., & Knowles, S. (2023). Health nationalism in Aotearoa New Zealand during COVID-19: Problems for global health equity. Nature Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41591-023-02436-y

Hagedoorn, N. N., Olijve, L., Kang, L., Walls, T., & Davis, J. (2023). Comparison of clinical prediction rules in pre-school aged children with septic hip arthritis due to different pathogens. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 43(8), e608-e613. doi: 10.1097/bpo.0000000000002441

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