Dr Gabrielle McCallum

Senior research fellow

Qualifications:

National Excellence in Education Leadership, Women in Leadership, 2017; PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2015; Masters of Public Health, Charles Darwin University, 2010; Graduate Diploma of Public Health, Charles Darwin University, 2008; Bachelor of Nursing, University of South Australia, 1998

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Dr Gabrielle McCallum is a Senior Research Fellow, Clinical Nurse, and Program Leader of Menzies’ Child Health Respiratory team in Darwin. Having worked in the NT for over 22 years, Gabrielle’s passion is to improve lung health outcomes for children, particularly First Nations, through evidence-based research, culturally appropriate educational resources, and translating research findings into meaningful and culturally appropriate outcomes.

Gabrielle’s work includes multiple large, complex multi-centre randomised controlled trials and other observational studies with a multidisciplinary team, extending nationally and internationally to New Zealand, Alaska and Malaysia.

Dr McCallum’s novel randomised controlled trials, and follow-up studies, are the world’s first trials on bronchiolitis in First Nations children. Her study outcomes have been translated into changes for health policy to improve follow-up post-hospitalisation for bronchiolitis and directly into national and international bronchiolitis treatment guidelines. Her two decades of research has led to a paradigm shift in paediatric respiratory management of bronchiolitis across the Northern Territory.

Dr McCallum’s passion for improving respiratory education led to development and evaluating of the first, First-Nations-specific culturally appropriate educational flipcharts for common childhood respiratory conditions (bronchiolitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis and asthma) that have been adapted to a multi-lingual mobile application “Lung Health for Kids”.