Associate Professor Gabrielle McCallum

Principal Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Child and Maternal Health Division


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

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Primary Supervisor


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


A/Prof Gabrielle McCallum is a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Nurse academic, and Program Leader of Menzies’ Child Health Respiratory team in Darwin. Having worked in the Northern Territory for over two decades, Gabrielle’s passion is to improve clinical outcomes for children at-risk for poor lung health outcome, through preventing early and recurrent acute lower respiratory infections, 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, and Timor-Leste.

A/Prof 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. 

A/Prof 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”.

Research Themes
  • Child and Maternal Health
  • Respiratory Health
Media Expertise
  • Child and Maternal Health
  • Respiratory Health