Trent Yarwood is an infectious diseases physician, based in Cairns, Australia.  He completed medical training at the University of Queensland in 2002 and physician training in hospitals in south-east Queensland, before moving to Cairns in 2011.  After completing infectious diseases training at the end of 2011, Trent worked at Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) as a public health registrar until 2016, and at Cairns Sexual Health, where he continues as a visiting specialist.

Working with other infectious diseases and pharmacy staff, Trent established Cairns Hospital's antimicrobial stewardship service, and was appointed its clinical lead in 2013.  Trent is a member of the Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Steering Committee and assisted in the implementation of the SWAMS service.

For six months in 2017, Trent worked for the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare as a medical advisor to the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) program.

In addition to antimicrobial stewardship, Trent's clinical interests are HIV medicine, infection control and public health aspects of communicable diseases as well as clinical risk management, especially as it relates to the diagnosis and prevention of infection.

Trent is an HIV clinician, with particular focus on the management of medical comorbidities in HIV positive patients and the perinatal management of HIV, and is involved in the research program at Cairns Sexual Health.  Trent was a member of the board of ASHM between 2014-17.

Academic Appointments

Trent is a clinical Senior Lecturer with the rural clinical school of the University of Queensland and with the College of Medicine and Dentistry of James Cook University. You can view his Google Scholar profile with list of publications is here

Other Roles

Trent is a member of the leadership team, and the primary health policy advisor for Future Wise Australia, an independent, non-partisan non-Government organisation which focuses on health, technology, education and their roles in modern society.


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My primary work is at Cairns Hospital; I work there Monday to Wednesday.  The infectious diseases team in Cairns operates on a consultative basis and does not generally directly admit patients. If you have any clinical concerns, please call the infectious diseases registrar during business hours on (07) 4226-9951, or ring switch (4226 0000) and ask to speak to one of the infectious diseases physicians.

Outside of hours, calls can be directed to the medical registrar on call (4226 9999) or the physician on-call (via switch). If you need specific infectious diseases advice, Sunshine Coast, Prince Charles, Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra hospitals have after-hours ID on-call rosters.

I see HIV/sexual health outpatients at Cairns Sexual Health.  You can self-refer by calling the clinic, but referrals from your general practitioner are encouraged, particularly for complex patients.  My clinics are Monday afternoons; you may be offered an appointment with the infectious diseases advanced trainee who also attends.

I am credentialed to admit patients to Cairns Private Hospital, however, I don't routinely do so - Professor John McBride generally covers infection at CPH. You can call (via switch) or email to discuss an admission if desired.  I do not have a private general infection outpatients.