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”.

  1. McCallum GB, Singleton RJ, Redding GJ, Grimwood K, Byrnes CA, Valery PC, Mobberley C, Oguoma VM, Eg KP, Morris PS, Chang AB. A decade on: Follow-up findings of Indigenous children with bronchiectasis. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2020 55:975-85. doi 10.1002/ppul.24696
  2. Goyal V, Grimwood K, Ware RS, Byrnes CA, Morris PS, Masters B, McCallum GB, Binks MJ, Smith-Vaughan H, O’Grady KAF, Champion A, Buntain HM, Schultz A, Chatfield M, Torzillo PJ, Chang AB. Efficacy of oral amoxicillin-clavulanate or azithromycin for non-severe respiratory exacerbations in children with bronchiectasis (BEST-1): a multicentre, three-arm, double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019 7:791-801. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(19)30254-1.
  3. Goyal V, Grimwood K, Byrnes CA, Morris PS, Masters IB, Ware RS, McCallum GB, Binks MJ, Marchant JM, Van Asperen P, O’Grady KA, Champion A, Buntain HM, Petsky H, Chang AB. Amoxicillin-clavulanate versus azithromycin for respiratory exacerbations in children with bronchiectasis (BEST-2): A multi-centre, double-blind, non-inferiority randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2018; Oct 6; 392.
  4. McCallum GB, Chang AB. Good enough is not enough. Respirology. 2018; Aug 23(8)
  5. McCallum GB, Cates C, Morris PS, Brown N, Chang AB. Culture-specific programs for children and adults from minority groups who have asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017; Aug 22;8
  6. McCallum GB, Binks MJ, The epidemiology of Chronic Suppurative Lung Disease and Bronchiectasis in Children and Adolescents. Front Pediatr. 2017; 5(27).
  7. McCallum GB, Chatfield MD, Morris PS, Chang AB. Risk factors for adverse outcomes of Indigenous infants hospitalised with bronchiolitis. Pediatric Pulmonl. 2016; 51(6):613-23
  8. McCallum GB, Morris PS, Grimwood K, Maclennan C, White AV, Chatfield MD, Sloots TP, Mackay IM, Smith-Vaughan H, Mckay CC, Versteegh LA, Jacobsen N, Mobberley C, Byrnes CA, Chang AB. Three-weekly doses of azithromycin for Indigenous infants hospitalised with bronchiolitis: A multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Front Pediatr 2015;3
  9. Singleton RS, McCallum GB, Chang AB, et al, Indigenous children from three countries with non-cystic fibrosis chronic suppurative lung disease/bronchiectasis, Pediatric Pulmonology, 2013
  10. Valery, P.C., Morris, P.S., Grimwood, K., Torzillo, P.J., Byrne, C.A., Masters, B.I., Bauert, P.A., McCallum, G.B., et al. (2012). Azithromycin for Indigenous children with bronchiectasis: study protocol for a multi-centre randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 12(122).

Read more at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=mccallum%20GB&sort=date&pos=5

  1. Menzies app improving asthma management in communities

    Menzies app improving asthma management in communities

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    Education around asthma has gone mobile with Menzies School of Health Research’s Child Health Division developing an interactive app targeted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

  2. NT News | Asthma app clears air on cure

    NT News | Asthma app clears air on cure

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    Report on asthma app launch with Dr Gabrielle McCallum.

  3. Media Release | Improving knowledge and understanding of asthma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families online

    Media Release | Improving knowledge and understanding of asthma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families online

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    Learning about asthma has just become a lot easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and health practitioners thanks to a new interactive app

  4. Healthy Tomorrow | Christmas edition 2019

    Healthy Tomorrow | Christmas edition 2019

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    In this edition, we are proud to present a snapshot of the announcements, awards and events that have occurred over the past few months.

  5. Better child lung health

    Better child lung health

    Indigenous children living in remote communities with chest and lung conditions are a key priority for our child health respiratory team. To identify what can be done to improve their lung health and how their respiratory conditions can be better managed, the team extended previous...

  6. ABC online | Research targeting asthma and smoking

    ABC online | Research targeting asthma and smoking

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    Indigenous smoking rates: Older kids a new tool to break cycle in Northern Territory. By Nancy Notzon. Senior research fellow Dr Gabrielle McCallum | A trial targeting improved asthma outcomes and creating an environment where it's cool not to take up smoking.

  7. ABC TV coverage of lung capacity study collaboration

    ABC TV coverage of lung capacity study collaboration

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    Menzies have been out and about at the Northern Territory Rugby League Junior fixtures, measuring lung function in healthy young people. The study measures two types of lung function tests in healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young adults, to find the best range of healthy results. Which in turn will be used to help diagnose lung problems such as asthma. Dr Gabrielle McCallum manager of our Child Health Respiratory Program teamed up with with Queensland University of Technology PhD student Tamara Blake.

  8. $25k grant boosts lung researcher

    $25k grant boosts lung researcher

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    A HEALTH researcher who is tackling some of the world's highest rates of respiratory disease in Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory has won a $25,000 national grant.

  9. 2015 Emerging Health Researcher Award winner announced

    2015 Emerging Health Researcher Award winner announced

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    An inspiring health researcher working to identify ways to improve health outcomes in Indigenous communities has been named the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher of the Year.

  10. Researcher tackles NT respiratory disease

    Researcher tackles NT respiratory disease

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    A health researcher who is tackling some of the world's highest rates of respiratory disease in indigenous children in the Northern Territory has won a $25,000 national grant to further her fight.

  11. Pioneering asthma education program and research in Darwin schools

    Pioneering asthma education program and research in Darwin schools

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    An innovative asthma awareness and self-management program with tobacco uptake prevention funded by Asthma Australia’s National Research Program is being introduced to school students in Darwin.

  12. New talking posters to tackle chronic cough in Indigenous communities

    New talking posters to tackle chronic cough in Indigenous communities

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    The launch of a series of flipcharts and talking posters will help to address factors that lead to chronic respiratory illness in remote Indigenous children and adults.

  13. My story: Gabrielle McCallum, nurse and PhD candidate

    My story: Gabrielle McCallum, nurse and PhD candidate

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    Meet our winner of the 2012 NT Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for ‘Education, Research and Innovation’.