About

John Weiner is a medical consultant in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and asthma.

After completing his medical degree at the University of Melbourne, John obtained specialist qualifications in internal medicine (clinical immunology and allergy) and pathology (anatomical pathology).

John is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia

He spent 18 months as a Fellow at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre, Washington, DC.

John subsequently became the Director of Pathology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, and was on the Steering Group that developed the National Asthma Strategy in Australia.

He has been a visiting allergist at the Alfred Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Monash University, and was a visiting consultant to the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap Central Australia (Australia/US) and later to Alice Springs Hospital in Central Australia. He is a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

He was co-editor of the Ask The Expert website of the World Allergy Organisation for three years, answering questions from allergy colleagues around the world.

John consults in Melbourne (see Contact).

He has over 70 publications including studies on asthma, ant venoms, drug allergies, food allergy, eye diseases, allergy vaccines and the genetics of allergy. From 2013 to 2016 John was a co-author of 5 papers on Clinical Excellence and Social Media.

Together with colleagues Prof Michael Abramson and Dr Robert Puy, John published two systematic reviews (statistical interpretations of published data). (1) Injection allergen immunotherapy for asthma, Cochrane Collaboration, 2010  (2)  Intranasal corticosteroids in allergic rhinitis BMJ, 1999.

Details of John’s academic and research bio can be found on ResearchGate.

John founded and launched this blog in January 1998, and it is recognised as the oldest medical blog in the world. AllergyNet Australia is archived by the National Library of Australia.

In his spare time, John has grown grapes and made wine (Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Saperavi and Riesling), although he now enjoys tasting wines and reading about them. He has a Graduate Certificate in Wine Technology and Viticulture from the University of Melbourne. Readers may be interested in wine label regulations in Australia.

His favourite authors are William Blake, Anton Chekhov and Meister Eckhart, but his favourite book is Life by Keith Richards. He likes to listen to Psychedelic Rock/Pop 40s to 70s, and often listens to a terrific 9-hour playlist from that era on Spotify (link here) https://open.spotify.com/user/%2Aabout%2A/playlist/79l6XciWM5k62gnQnPciFP

John is married with 3 children and 5 (nearly 6!) grandchildren