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Assoc. Prof. Owen Harris

Qualification: MBBS FRCPA
Lab: Geelong
Areas Of Interest: General microbiology and microbiological molecular diagnostics, Q fever and provision of BCG vaccination services
Speciality: Microbiology

Phone: (03) 5225 1144
Email: Owen.Harris@clinicallabs.com.au

Associate Professor Harris is Clinical Director of Microbiology at Australian Clinical Labs (formerly St John of God Pathology). He has been a respected pathologist and microbiologist in Geelong for many years. Associate Professor Harris graduated in Medicine from Monash University in 1971 and completed his training at Geelong Hospital, obtaining FRCPA in 1982. He worked in general pathology at Geelong Pathology followed by PathCare as Consulting Pathologist. For the past 15 years, Assoc. Prof Harris has been the Clinical Microbiologist and provides support for infection control and antimicrobial stewardship services at various hospitals. Associate Professor Harris is the licensed vaccinator for Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and provides a regular vaccination clinic within the Barwon Region and Western suburbs of Melbourne, working with the Department of Health. For over 20 years, he has provided a Q Fever vaccination service, also offering training and advice to general practitioners who wish to provide a Q Fever vaccination service for their patients. He has collaborated on many research projects with the Department of Infectious Diseases at Barwon Health and worked on Q Fever outbreak investigations. Associate Professor Harris is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching including supervision of infectious diseases/microbiology registrar training with Barwon Health. In 2015 he was appointed Senior Clinical Lecturer and Clinical Associate Professor at Deakin University.