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Associate Professor Tony Walls

Tony Walls 2019 imageAssociate Professor

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

Tel +64 3 372 6755
Email tony.walls@otago.ac.nz

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.

Teaching

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

Affiliations

  • 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

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Publications

Keene, A., Creighton, J., Anderson, T., & Walls, T. (2021). Kingella kingae spondylodiscitis: Treatment failure with flucloxacillin. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/inf.0000000000003357

El Guerche-Séblain, C., De Fougerolles, T. R., Sampson, K., Jennings, L., Van Buynder, P., Shu, Y., … Walls, T., … Vanhems, P. (2021). Comparison of influenza surveillance systems in Australia, China, Malaysia and expert recommendations for influenza control. BMC Public Health, 21, 1750. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11765-x

Bothara, R. K., Tafuna'i, M., Wilkinson, T. J., Desrosiers, J., Jack, S., Pattemore, P. K., Walls, T., Sopoaga, F., Murdoch, D. R., & Miller, A. P. (2021). Global health classroom: Mixed methods evaluation of an interinstitutional model for reciprocal global health learning among Samoan and New Zealand medical students. Globalization & Health, 17, 99. doi: 10.1186/s12992-021-00755-8

Anglemyer, A., McNeill, A., DuBray, K., Sonder, G. J. B., & Walls, T. (2021). Invasive pneumococcal disease: Concerning trends in serotype 19A notifications in New Zealand. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab766

Olijve, L., Amarasena, L., Best, E., Blyth, C., Van den Boom, M., Bowen, A., … Williman, J., & Walls, T. (2021). The role of Kingella kingae in pre-school aged children with bone and joint infections. Journal of Infection. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2021.06.028

Anglemyer, A., McNeill, A., DuBray, K., Sonder, G. J. B., & Walls, T. (2021). Invasive pneumococcal disease: Concerning trends in serotype 19A notifications in New Zealand. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab766

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Bothara, R. K., Raina, A., Carne, B., Walls, T., McCombie, A., Ardagh, M. W., & Joyce, L. R. (2021). Paediatric presentations to Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department during COVID-19 lockdown. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15347

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Bothara, R. K., Tafuna'i, M., Wilkinson, T. J., Desrosiers, J., Jack, S., Pattemore, P. K., Walls, T., Sopoaga, F., Murdoch, D. R., & Miller, A. P. (2021). Global health classroom: Mixed methods evaluation of an interinstitutional model for reciprocal global health learning among Samoan and New Zealand medical students. Globalization & Health, 17, 99. doi: 10.1186/s12992-021-00755-8

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El Guerche-Séblain, C., De Fougerolles, T. R., Sampson, K., Jennings, L., Van Buynder, P., Shu, Y., … Walls, T., … Vanhems, P. (2021). Comparison of influenza surveillance systems in Australia, China, Malaysia and expert recommendations for influenza control. BMC Public Health, 21, 1750. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11765-x

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Gilmour, L. S., Best, E. J., Duncanson, M. J., Wheeler, B. J., Sherwood, J., Thirkell, C. E., & Walls, T. (2021). High incidence of congenital syphilis in New Zealand: A New Zealand Pediatric Surveillance Unit study. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003233

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Jeffs, E., Lucas, N., & Walls, T. (2021). CoVID-19: Parent and caregiver concerns about reopening New Zealand schools. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 57, 403-408. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15234

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Olijve, L., Amarasena, L., Best, E., Blyth, C., Van den Boom, M., Bowen, A., … Williman, J., & Walls, T. (2021). The role of Kingella kingae in pre-school aged children with bone and joint infections. Journal of Infection. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2021.06.028

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Rix-Trott, K., Byrnes, C. A., Gilchrist, C. A., Matsas, R., Walls, T., Voss, L., … Dickson, N. P., … Best, E. J. (2021). Surveillance of pediatric parapneumonic effusion/empyema in New Zealand. Pediatric Pulmonology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ppul.25564

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Chen, T.-Y., Hale, J. D. F., Tagg, J. R., Jain, R., Voss, A. L., Mills, N., … Stevenson, D. S., Bird, P. A., & Walls, T. (2020). In vitro inhibition of clinical isolates of otitis media pathogens by the probiotic Streptococcus salivarius BLIS K12. Probiotics & Antimicrobial Proteins. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12602-020-09719-7

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Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Brunton, C., Gullam, J., & Walls, T. (2020). Pregnant women's knowledge of, and adherence to, New Zealand Food Safety in Pregnancy guidelines. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1525), 41-52. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Brunton, C., Gullam, J., & Walls, T. (2020). The epidemiology of listeriosis in pregnant women and children in New Zealand from 1997 to 2016: An observational study. BMC Public Health, 20, 116. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8221-z

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de Gier, C., Granland, C. M., Pickering, J. L., Walls, T., Bhuiyan, M., Mills, N., … Kirkham, L.-A. S. (2019). PCV7- and PCV10-vaccinated otitis-prone children in New Zealand have similar pneumococcal and Haemophilus influenzae densities in their nasopharynx and middle ear. Vaccines, 7(1), 14. doi: 10.3390/vaccines7010014

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Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Martin, N., Brunton, C., & Walls, T. (2019). The epidemiology of Campylobacter gastroenteritis in New Zealand children and the effect of the Campylobacter Strategy: A 20 year observational study. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 38(6), 569-576. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002228

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Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Martin, N., Brunton, C., & Walls, T. (2019). The epidemiology of non-viral gastroenteritis in New Zealand children from 1997 to 2015: An observational study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 18. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6229-4

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Petousis-Harris, H., Jiang, Y., Yu, L., Watson, D., Walls, T., Turner, N., … Griffin, J. B. (2019). A retrospective cohort study of safety outcomes in New Zealand infants exposed to Tdap vaccine in utero. Vaccines, 7(4), 147. doi: 10.3390/vaccines7040147

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Griffin, J. B., Yu, L., Watson, D., Turner, N., Walls, T., Howe, A. S., … Petousis-Harris, H. (2018). Pertussis Immunisation in Pregnancy Safety (PIPS) Study: A retrospective cohort study of safety outcomes in pregnant women vaccinated with Tdap vaccine. Vaccine, 36(34), 5173-5179. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.07.011

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Hill, L., Burrell, B., & Walls, T. (2018). Factors influencing women's decisions about having the pertussis-containing vaccine during pregnancy. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1), 62-67. doi: 10.1071/HC17040

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Moeeni, V., Walls, T., & Day, A. S. (2018). A retrospective comparison between the PNST and other paediatric nutritional screening tools. International Journal of Child Health & Nutrition, 7(3), 97-101. doi: 10.6000/1929-4247.2018.07.03.1

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Olijve, L., Jennings, L., & Walls, T. (2018). Human parechovirus: An increasingly recognized cause of sepsis-like illness in young infants. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 31(1), e00047-17. doi: 10.1128/cmr.00047-17

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Walls, T., Cho, V., Martin, N., Williman, J., & Brunton, C. (2018). Vaccine impact on long-term trends in invasive bacterial disease in New Zealand children. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 37(10), 1041-1047. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002071

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Walls, T., McSweeney, A., Anderson, T., & Jennings, L. C. (2017). Multiplex-PCR for the detection of viruses in the CSF of infants and young children. Journal of Medical Virology, 89, 559-561. doi: 10.1002/jmv.24461

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Walls, T., Stark, E., Pattemore, P., & Jennings, L. (2017). Missed opportunities for antimicrobial stewardship in pre-school children admitted to hospital with lower respiratory tract infection. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(6), 569-571. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13506

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Best, E. J., Walls, T., Souter, M., Neeff, M., Anderson, T., Salkeld, L., … Murdoch, D., & Mills, N. (2016). Pneumococcal vaccine impact on otitis media microbiology: A New Zealand cohort study before and after the introduction of PHiD-CV10 vaccine. Vaccine, 34(33), 3840-3847. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.05.041

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Olijve, L., Podmore, R., Anderson, T., & Walls, T. (2016). High rate of oropharyngeal Kingella kingae carriage in New Zealand children. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 52(12), 1081-1085. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13287

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Petousis-Harris, H., Walls, T., Watson, D., Paynter, J., Graham, P., & Turner, N. (2016). Safety of Tdap vaccine in pregnant women: An observational study. BMJ Open, 6(4), e010911. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010911

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Walls, T., Graham, P., Petousis-Harris, H., Hill, L., & Austin, N. (2016). Infant outcomes after exposure to Tdap vaccine in pregnancy: An observational study. BMJ Open, 6(1), e009536. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009536

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Blyth, C. C., Walls, T., Cheng, A. C., Murray, R. J., Fisher, D. A., Ingram, P. R., … on behalf of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network, and the Australian New Zealand Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Network. (2015). A comparison of paediatric and adult infectious diseases consultations in Australia and New Zealand. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 34(8), 1589-1592. doi: 10.1007/s10096-015-2391-0

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Burton, C., Walls, T., Price, N., Glasgow, T., Walker, C., Beasley, S., & Best, E. (2015). Paediatric empyema in New Zealand: A tale of two cities. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1415). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Mills, N., Best, E. J., Murdoch, D., Souter, M., Neeff, M., Anderson, T. P., … Walls, T. (2015). What is behind the ear drum? The microbiology of otitis media and the nasopharyngeal flora in children in the era of pneumococcal vaccination. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 51(3), 300-306. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12710

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Moeeni, V., Shojaee, P., Kianifar, H., Walls, T., Pattemore, P., & Day, A. S. (2015). The prospective assessment of nutrition in children with cystic fibrosis. International Journal of Child Health & Nutrition, 4(3), 129-134.

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Wen, S. C.-H., Best, E., Walls, T., Dickson, N., McCay, H., & Wilson, E. (2015). Prospective surveillance of hospitalisations associated with varicella in New Zealand children. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 51(11), 1078-1083. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12937

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Binfield, A., Aird, C., Murdoch, D. R., Elder, P., & Walls, T. (2014). Are vitamin D levels affected by acute bacterial infections in children? Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 50(8), 643-646. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12620

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Foster, M. A., & Walls, T. (2014). High rates of complications following Kingella kingae infective endocarditis in children: A case series and review of the literature. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 33(7), 785-786. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000303

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Ingram, P. R., Cheng, A. C., Murray, R. J., Blyth, C. C., Walls, T., Fisher, D. A., … on behalf of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network. (2014). What do infectious diseases physicians do? A 2-week snapshot of inpatient consultative activities across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Clinical Microbiology & Infection, 20(10), O737-O744. doi: 10.1111/1469-0691.12581

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Khandaker, G., Zurynski, Y., Ridley, G., Buttery, J., Marshall, H., Richmond, P. C., … Walls, T., … Elliott, E. J. (2014). Clinical epidemiology and predictors of outcome in children hospitalised with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 in 2009: A prospective national study. Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses, 8(6), 636-645. doi: 10.1111/irv.12286

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Moeeni, V., Walls, T., & Day, A. S. (2014). The STRONGkids nutritional risk screening tool can be used by paediatric nurses to identify hospitalised children at risk. Acta Paediatrica, 103, e528-e531. doi: 10.1111/apa.12768

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Lambert, S. B., Chuk, L.-M. R., Nissen, M. D., Nolan, T. M., McVernon, J., Booy, R., … Walls, T., … Lai, M. H. (2013). Safety and tolerability of a 2009 trivalent inactivated split-virion influenza vaccine in infants, children and adolescents. Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses, 7(5), 676-685. doi: 10.1111/irv.12107

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Moeeni, V., Walls, T., & Day, A. S. (2013). Nutritional status and nutrition risk screening in hospitalized children in New Zealand. Acta Paediatrica, 102(9), e419-e423. doi: 10.1111/apa.12299

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Paterson, D. L., on behalf of the Steering Group of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network, including Murdoch, D. R., & Walls, T. M. (2013). Determining research priorities for clinician-initiated trials in infectious diseases. Medical Journal of Australia, 198, 270-272. doi: 10.5694/mja12.11703

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Elliott, E. J., Zurynski, Y. A., Walls, T., Whitehead, B., Gilmour, R., Booy, R., and members of SWINet. (2012). Novel inpatient surveillance in tertiary paediatric hospitals in New South Wales illustrates impact of first-wave pandemic influenza A H1N1 (2009) and informs future health service planning. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 48(3), 235-241. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02240.x

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Khandaker, G., Rashid, H., Zurynski, Y., Richmond, P. C., Buttery, J., Marshall, H., … Walls, T., … Booy, R. (2012). Nosocomial vs community-acquired pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009: A nested case—control study. Journal of Hospital Infection, 82, 94-100. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2012.07.006

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Moeeni, V., Walls, T., & Day, A. S. (2012). Assessment of nutritional status and nutritional risk in hospitalised Iranian children. Acta Paediatrica, 101(10), e446-e451. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2012.02789.x

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Sklavos, A. V., Walls, T., Webber, M. T., & Watson, A. B. (2010). Cutaneous leishmaniasis in a child treated with oral fluconazole. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 51(3), 195-197. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2010.00642.x

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Walls, T., Palasanthiran, P., Studdert, J., Moran, K., & Ziegler, J. B. (2010). Breastfeeding in mothers with HIV. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 46(6), 349-352. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01791.x

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Yeong, M. M.-K., Palasanthiran, P., Ziegler, J. B., & Walls, T. (2010). Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone associated with lopinavir therapy [Brief Report]. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 29(7), 678-679. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181d95b37

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Priyadarshi, A., Jaffe, A., Walls, T., & Oei, J. L. (2009). Strategies for reducing the burden of respiratory syncytial virus in high-risk infants. Pediatric Health, 3(4), 391-406. doi: 10.2217/phe.09.31

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Walls, T., & Shingadia, D. (2007). The epidemiology of tuberculosis in Europe [Review]. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 92(8), 726-729. doi: 10.1136/adc.2006.102889

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Kampmann, B., Cubitt, D., Walls, T., Naik, P., Depala, M., Samarasinghe, S., … Veys, P. (2005). Improved outcome for children with disseminated adenoviral infection following allogeneic stem cell transplantation. British Journal of Haematology, 130(4), 595-603. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.2005.05649.x

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Walls, T., Hawrami, K., Ushiro-Lumb, I., Shingadia, D., Saha, V., & Shankar, A. G. (2005). Adenovirus infection after pediatric bone marrow transplantation: Is treatment always necessary? Clinical Infectious Diseases, 40(9), 1244-1249. doi: 10.1086/429235

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Walls, T., Power, D., & Tagg, J. R. (2003). Bacteriocin-like inhibitory substance (BLIS) production by the normal flora of the nasopharynx: Potential to protect against otitis media? Journal of Medical Microbiology, 52(9), 829-833. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.05259-0

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