Kim Hare

NHMRC research fellow


PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2014; Master of Public Health, Charles Darwin University, 2006; Bachelor of Science (Honours), Australian National University, 1981; Graduate Diploma of Education, Sydney Institute of Advanced Education, 1983; Diploma in Datametrics, University of South Africa, 1993.


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Kim started her career in veterinary microbiology and branched into database management and programming to analyse data and produce reports for the Namibian veterinary department.

Back in Australia, Kim worked for the Northern Territory Health Service, CSIRO, Tiwi Health Board and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education before commencing work at Menzies in 2000.

Kim has worked on the microbiological aspects of projects relating to ear and lung disease in Indigenous children. These projects investigate the role of vaccines and antibiotics in preventing or reducing respiratory bacterial infections.

In 2011 Kim was awarded the NHMRC Gustav Nossal Postgraduate Scholarship to study the bacteriology of bronchiectasis in Indigenous children. In 2013 Kim received a Peter Doherty NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to continue her work on the impact of vaccines and antibiotics on the respiratory bacteria responsible for ear and lung infections in children.


Research Themes

 Microbiological components of:

  1. Hare, K.M., Singleton, R.J., Grimwood, K., Valery, P.C., Cheng, A.C., Morris, P.S., et al. (2013). Longitudinal nasopharyngeal carriage and antibiotic resistance of respiratory bacteria in Indigenous Australian and Alaska Native children with bronchiectasis. PLoS One, 8(9).
  2. Hare, K.M., Marsh, R.L., Binks, M.J., Grimwood, K., Pizzutto, S.J., Leach, A.J., et al. (2013). Quantitative PCR confirms culture as the gold standard for the detection of lower airway infection by Haemophilus influenzae in Australian Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 92(3), 270-2.
  3. Hare, K.M., Leach, A.J., Morris, P.S., Smith-Vaughan, H.C., Torzillo, P., Bauert, P., et al. (2012). Impact of recent antibiotics upon nasopharyngeal carriage and lower airway infection in Indigenous Australian children with non-CF bronchiectasis. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 40, 365-9.
  4. Hare, K.M., Binks, M.J., Grimwood, K., Chang, A.B., Leach, A.J., Smith-Vaughan, H.C. (2012). Culture and PCR detection of Haemophilus influenzae and Haemophilus haemolyticus in Australian Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50(7), 2444-5.
  5. Hare, K.M., Smith-Vaughan, H.C., Leach, A.J. (2011). Viability of respiratory pathogens cultured from nasopharyngeal swabs stored for up to 12 years at -70oC in skim milk tryptone glucose glycerol broth. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 86(3), 364-7.
  6. Hare, K.M., Smith-Vaughan, H.C., Leach, A.J. (2010). The bacteriology of lower respiratory infections in Papua New Guinean and Australian Indigenous children. PNG Medical Journal, 53(3-4), 151-65.
  7. Hare, K.M., Grimwood, K., Leach, A.J., Smith-Vaughan, H., Torzillo, P., Morris, P.S., et al. (2010). Respiratory bacterial pathogens in the nasopharynx and lower airways of Australian Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Journal of Pediatrics, 157(6), 1001-5.
  8. Hare, K.M., Smith-Vaughan, H., Binks, M., Park, I.H., Nahm, M.H., Leach, A.J. (2009). "Dodgy 6As": differentiating pneumococcal serotype 6C from 6A by use of the Quellung reaction. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 47(6), 1981-2.
  9. Hare, K.M., Morris, P., Smith-Vaughan, H., Leach, A.J. (2008). Random colony selection versus colony morphology for detection of multiple pneumococcal serotypes in nasopharyngeal swabs. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 27(2), 178-80.
  10. Stubbs, E., Hare, K., Wilson, C., Morris, P., Leach, A.J. (2005). Streptococcus pneumoniae and noncapsular Haemophilus influenzae nasal carriage and hand contamination in children: a comparison of two populations at risk of otitis media. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 24(5), 423-8.
Click here to view more Kim Hare publications in PubMed.


  1. Pioneering research hopes to improve Indigenous lung health

    Pioneering research hopes to improve Indigenous lung health


    The first ever detailed study of the bacteriology of bronchiectasis in Indigenous children has been undertaken to better understand and prevent the disease progression.

  2. Research turns to cold case specimens to unveil secrets in ear and lung health

    Research turns to cold case specimens to unveil secrets in ear and lung health


    A retrospective study of 20 years of ear and lung data is being undertaken to inform improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment options for Indigenous children with middle ear and lung infections.

  3. NHMRC fellowship snapshot:  Kim Hare

    NHMRC fellowship snapshot: Kim Hare


    Menzies' Senior Research Officer Kim Hare was recently awarded a Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council's yearly multi-million dollar funding round.