Marnie has worked as a specialist at the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Children’s Hospital since 2008. She has had an active role in training and mentoring nursing staff, paediatric trainees and general paediatricians. She is also a lecturer and examiner for the University of Melbourne. She holds an honorary research fellow position at the Murdoch Research Institute and has been involved in a number of major allergy studies including the HealthNuts Study and the Probiotics Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Trial (PPOIT). She is also a co-author of the Allergy section of the Australian Asthma Handbook, which forms Australia’s national guidelines for asthma management.

Marnie takes a holistic approach to the management of allergic diseases and is passionate about ensuring her patients receive excellent care. She is incredibly excited about commencing practice with MACCS Medical Group as she believes that she will be able to provide a more comprehensive level of care in this new facility.

Marnie’s areas of interests include: food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), eczema, insect and drug allergy, immunotherapy and primary immune deficiency

In her spare time, she is kept busy being a mum to her two young children.


Robinson M, Smart J.  Allergy testing and referral in children. Australian Family Physician, 2008; Vol 37, (4) 210-213

Tang M, Robinson M. Allergy Prevention – current recommendations and new insights. Australian Family Physician 2008; Vol 37, (4)

Mehr S, Robinson M, Tang M. Dr — How Do I use my EpiPen? Paediatric Allergy and Immunology 2007;Vol 18, (5) 448-452

Robinson M , Smart J, Tang M. Common Variable Immune Deficiency Disorders: a Paediatric Experience. Current Trends in Immunology 2009: Vol 9, 85-91

Robinson M, Peake L, Ditchfield M, Reid S, Lanigan A, Reddihough D. Magnetic resonance imaging findings in a population based cohort of children with cerebral palsy.Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2009;Vol 51, (1) 39-45

Koplin JJ, Osborne NJ, Wake M, Martin PE, Gurrin LC, Robinson MN, Tey D, Slaa M, Thiele L, Miles L, Anderson D, Tan T, Dang TD, Hill DJ, Lowe AJ, Matheson MC, Ponsonby AL, Tang ML, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ. Can early introduction of egg prevent egg allergy in infants? A population-based study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Oct;126(4):807-13.

Osborne NJ, Koplin JJ, Martin PE, Gurrin LC, Lowe AJ, Matheson MC, Ponsonby AL, Wake M, Tang ML, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ; HealthNuts Investigators. Prevalence of challenge-proven IgE-mediated food allergy using population-based sampling and predetermined challenge criteria in infants. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Mar;127(3):668-76.e1-2.

Koplin J, Tang M, Martin P, Osborne N, Lowe A, Ponsoby A, Robinson M, Tey D, Thiele L, Hill D, Gurrin L, Wake M, Dharmage S, Allen K. Predetermined challenge eligibility and cessation criteria for oral food challenges in Health Nuts population based study of infants. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2012 Apr;129(4)1145-7

Dang T, Tang M, Choo S, Licciardi P, Koplin J, Martin P, Tan T, Gurrin L, Ponsonby A, Tey D, Robinson M, Dharmage S, Allen K. Increasing the accuracy of peanut diagnosis by using Ara H2. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2012 Apr;129(4);1056-63

Tey D, Dharmage S, Robinson M, Allen K, Gurrin L, Tang M. Frequent baked egg ingestion was not associated with change in rate of decline in egg skin prick test in challenge confirmed egg allergy. Clin Exp Allergy 2012 Dec;42 (12)1782-90

Koplin J, Dharmage S, Ponsonby A, Tang, M, Lowe A,Gurrin L, Osborne N, Martin P, Robinson M, Wake M, Hill D, Allen K. Environmental and demographic risk factors for egg allergy in a population based study of infants. Allergy 2012 Nov ;67(11) 1415-22

Allen K, Koplin J, Ponsonby A, Gurrin L, Wake M, Vuillermin P, Martin P, Matheson M, Lowe A, Robinson M, Tey D, Osborne N, Dang T, Tan T, Thiele L, Anderson D, Czech H, Sanjeevan J, Zurzolo G, Dwyer T, Tang M, Hill D, Dharmage S. Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with challenge proven food allergy in infants. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2013 Apr ;13(4) 1109-16

Martin P, Koplin J, Eckert J, Lowe A, Ponsonby A, Osborne N, Gurrin L, Robinson M, Hill D, Tang M, Dharmage S, Allen K. The prevalence and socio-demographic risk factors of clinical eczema in infancy: a population based observational study. Clin Exp Allergy 2013 Jun 43 (6) : 642-51

Peters R, Dharmage S, Gurrin L, Koplin J, Ponsonby A, Lowe A, Tang M, Tey D, Robinson M, Hill D, Czech H, Thiele L, Osborne N, Allen K. The natural history and clinical predictors of egg allergy in the first 2 years of life : a prospective population based cohort study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Feb;133(2)485-91

National Asthma Council Australia – Australian Asthma Handbook. Version 1.0 ( Allergies Section) National Asthma Council Australia, Melbourne, 2014

Robinson M, Dharmage S, Tang M.Comparison of adrenaline auto-injector devices : ease of use and ability to recall use.Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 25(2014) 462-467

Tang MLK, Ponsonby A-L, Orsini F, Tey D, Robinson M, Su EL, Licciardi P, Burks W, Donath S. Administration of a probiotic with peanut oral immunotherapy- A randomized trial. J Allergy Clin Immunolo 2015 Jan 2015

Koplin JJ. Wake M, Dharmage SC, Matheson M, Tang ML, Gurrin LC, Dwyer T, Peters RL, Prescott S, Ponsonby AL, Lowe AJ, Allen KJ: HealthNuts Study group. Cohort Profile : The HealthNuts Study : Population prevalence and environmental /genetic predictors of food allergy. Int J Epidemiol. 2015 Aug ; 44(4) 1161-71

Goldsmith AJ, Koplin JJ, Lowe AJ, Tang ML, Matheson MC, Robinson M, Peters R, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ. Formula and breastfeeding in infant food allergy: a population based study. J Paediatri Child Health. 2016. April;52(4):377-84

Beck C, Koplin J, Dharmage S, Wake M, Gurrin L, McWilliam V, Tang MLK, Sun C, Foskey R, Allen KJ; HealthNuts InvestigatorsPersistent Food Allergy and Food Allergy Coexistent with Eczema is Associated with Reduced Growth in the First 4 years of Life. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Mar- Apr ; 4(2) : 248 -56

Hsiao KC, Ponsonby AL, Axelrad C, Pitkin S, Tang MLK: PPOIT Study TeamLong -term clinical  and immunological effects of probiotic and peanut oral immunotherapy after treatment cessation; 4 year follow up of a randomized , double blind placebo – controlled trial. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2017 Nov ;1(3)

Dunn Galvin A, McMahon S, Ponsonby AL, Hsiao KC, Tang MLK; PPOIT study team. The longitudinal impact of probiotic and peanut oral immunotherapy on health related quality of life. Allergy. 2018 Mar; 73(3) 560-568

Robinson M, Koplin JJ, Field MJ, Sasaki M, Peters RL, McWilliam V, Sawyer SM, Patton GC, Vuillermin PJ, Douglad J, Gurrin LC, Tang MLK, Dharmage SC, Allen KJ; SchoolNuts Investigators. Patterns of Carriage of Prescribed Adrenaline Autoinjectors in 10-14 Year Old Food Allergic Students: A Population – Based Study.J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2019 Feb: 7(2) :437-443

McWilliam V, Peters RL, Allen KJ, Dharmage SC, Ponsonby AL, Tang ML, Smart J, Perrett K, Tey D, Robinson M, Taranto M, Koplin JJ, Gurrin LC; HealthNuts and SchoolNuts investigators.​  SPT predictive values for the outcome of cashew challenges in children.​ ​​J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 Jul 2.