Professor Peter Morris

Deputy head, Child Health Division


PhD, University of Sydney, 1999; Fellow, Royal Australian College of Paediatrics, 1998; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, London University, 1986.


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Professor Peter Morris is a hospital clinician and visiting paediatrician to the Tiwi Islands. He is interested in clinical trials and systematic reviews of interventions for important childhood conditions. Peter teaches medical students through the Northern Territory Clinical School, supports doctors and nurses working at the Royal Darwin Hospital, and supervises students and staff within the Menzies School of Health Research. His research focus is on intervention studies and the application of evidence in practice.

Peter is an editor with the Acute Respiratory Infections Group of The Cochrane Collaboration. He is a contributor to the Indigenous Health InfoNet (ear and lung health). Peter contributes to the hospital paediatric guidelines and the CARPA Standard Treatment Manual. He also provides training in critical appraisal, evidence-based practice, clinical paediatrics and neonatal resuscitation



  1. Hare, K., Grimwood, K., Leach, A.J., Smith-Vaughan, H., Torzillo, P., Morris, P.S., Chang, A. (2010). Respiratory Bacterial Pathogens in the Nasopharynx and Lower Airways of Australian Indigenous Children with Bronchiectasis. Journal of Pediatrics, 157(6), 1001-1005. 
  2. Hare, K., Stubbs, E., Beissbarth, J., Morris, P.S. & Leach, A.J. (2010). Swab transport in Amies gel followed by frozen storage in skim milk tryptone glucose glycerol broth (STGGB) for studies of respiratory bacterial pathogens. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 81(3), 253-255. 
  3. Mackenzie, G., Leach, A.J., Carapetis, J.R., Fisher, J. & Morris, P.S. (2010). Epidemiology of nasopharyngeal carriage of respiratory bacterial pathogens in children and adults: cross-sectional surveys in a population with high rates of pneumococcal disease. BMC Infectious Diseases, 10, 304. 
  4. Marsh, R., Smith-Vaughan, H., Hare, K., Binks, M., Kong, F., Warning, J., Gilbert, G.L., Morris, P.S. & Leach, A.J. (2010). The Nonserotypeable Pneumococcus: Phenotypic Dynamics in the Era of Anticapsular Vaccines. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 48(3), 831-835. 
  5. Morris, P.S., Gadil, G., McCallum, G., Wilson, C., Smith-Vaughan, H., Torzillo, P. & Leach, A.J. (2010). Single-dose azithromycin versus seven days of amoxycillin in the treatment of acute otitis media in Aboriginal children (AATAAC): a double blind, randomised controlled trial. Medical Journal of Australia, 192(1), 24-30. 
  6. Roberts-Thomson, K.F., Slade, G.D., Bailie, R.S., Endean, C., Simmons, B., Leach, A.J., Raye, I. & Morris, P.S. (2010). A comprehensive approach to health promotion for the reduction of dental caries in remote Indigenous Australian children: a clustered randomised controlled trial. International Dental Journal, 60(3), 245-249. 
  7. O'Grady, K.F., Taylor-Thomson, D., Chang, A.B., Torzillo, P., Morris, P.S., Mackenzie, G., et al. (2010). Rates of radiologically confirmed pneumonia as defined by the World Health Organization in Northern Territory Indigenous children. Medical Journal of Australia, 129(10), 592-595. 
  8. Martins, N., Morris, P.S. & Kelly, P.M. (2009). Food incentives to improve completion of tuberculosis treatment: randomised controlled trial in Dili, Timor-Leste. British Medical Journal, 339, b4248.
  9. Leach, A.J., Morris, P.S., McCullum, G., Wilson, C., Stubbs, L., Beissbarth, J., et al. (2009). Emerging pneumococcal carriage serotypes in a high-risk population receiving universal 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine since 2001. BMC Infectious Diseases, 9, 121.
  10. Morris, P.S. & Leach, A.J. (2009). Managing otitis media: an evidence-based approach. Australian Prescriber, 32, 155-159.
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  1. Rapid iron infusion trial to tackle widespread deficiency among children in Australia’s Northern Territory

    Rapid iron infusion trial to tackle widespread deficiency among children in Australia’s Northern Territory

    Date A project in Australia’s Northern Territory is to trial giving anaemic children rapid iron infusions before they are discharged from hospital in an attempt to reduce the risk of ongoing iron deficiency.

  2. Menzies secures 2016 NHMRC funding for groundbreaking projects

    Menzies secures 2016 NHMRC funding for groundbreaking projects


    Innovation and transformation are at the heart of the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) projects which have secured funding in the highly competitive NHMRC grant round.