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 studies run in the Northern Territory, New Zealand and Alaska between 2015 and 2017.

“The long-term outcomes of these children’s health is a major public issue,” Dr Gabrielle McCallum, project lead, said.

“We want to look at clinical predictors that significantly impact the lung health of Indigenous children and identify intervention targets.”

Dr McCallum said identifying and potentially minimising risk factors would lead to better lung health into adolescence and adulthood.