Spleen Australia

Without a functioning spleen, you are at an increased risk of developing life-threatening infections from certain types of bacteria. Spleen Australia aims to give you the information and strategies for reducing the occurrence and severity of these infections.

We provide telephone education and materials to you, your doctors and, where appropriate, your family. Your education kit contains information on how to reduce the risk of infections, a medical alert card and a vaccine record card.

We also create an individualised vaccine and antibiotic plan based on current medical recommendations. It is then up to you with your medical practitioner to review the medical recommendations frequently to ensure you remain up to date. Changes to the medical recommendations will be updated on our website.
We are currently funded to register people who live in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.

Meet the team

Associate Professor Denis Spelman – Director
Ms Penelope Jones, RN – Manager
Ms Bryony Hanton – Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Ms Sharon Willems  – Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Ms Sharon O’Brien  – Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Amber Plumley – Administration Officer

Associate Professor Ian Woolley – Infectious Diseases Physician
Professor Allen Cheng – Infectious Diseases Physician & Epidemiologist
Dr Andrew Stewardson – Infectious Diseases Physician

Louise Grannell – Medicines Information Pharmacist

Associate Professor Tara Anderson – Infectious Diseases Physician

Associate Professor Stephen Lambert – Public Health Physician & Epidemiologist
Ms Kate Lynch – Clinical Nurse Consultant

Professor Karin Leder – Infectious Diseases Physician & Epidemiologist

Funding bodies

  • Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
  • Queensland Health
  • Alfred Health


Syd and Ann Wellard Perpetual Trust
Marian & E H Flack Trust


Daryl Braithwaite

We acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians and pay our respects to their culture and their Elders past, present and emerging. We welcome all cultures, nationalities and religions. Being inclusive and providing equitable healthcare is our commitment.