Dr Gabrielle McCallum

Senior Research Fellow


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


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


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 two decades, Gabrielle’s passion is to improve clinical outcomes for children at-risk for poor lung health outcome, 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, NHMRC-funded multi-centre randomised controlled trials and other observational studies with a multidisciplinary team, extending nationally and internationally to New Zealand, Alaska, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Timor Leste.

Dr McCallum’s novel randomised controlled trials, and follow-up studies, are the world’s first trials on bronchiolitis in First Nations children. Her 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 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 developing and evaluating the first, First-Nations-specific 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”.