Unfortunately, many Indigenous children face chronic ear infections, respiratory problems, anaemia, skin sores and other health issues in their earliest years.

Not only do these medical problems have a direct impact on a child’s health, they also affect their ability to grow, develop and learn.

Our work investigates how we can improve the health of Indigenous children so they can have the best start in life.

  • Anaemia

    Anaemia

    In the NT, 15% of pregnant women and up to 25% of children aged 0-5 years are anaemic.

  • Child development and learning
  • Child protection

    Child protection

    The Centre for Child Development and Education aims to support better outcomes in health, education and social emotional wellbeing.

  • Ears

    Ears

    Nine out of 10 young Indigenous children who live in remote communities have some form of ear disease.

  • Families and parenting
  • Heart

    Heart

    Indigenous people are up to eight times more likely to be hospitalised and nearly 20 times as likely to die from Rheumatic Heart Disease.

  • Hygiene

    Hygiene

    Infection amongst Indigenous children living remotely is a major cause of recurrent clinic presentations, and hospitalisations.

  • Lungs

    Lungs

    Lung conditions are the most common reason why Indigenous people see a doctor.

  • Vaccination

    Vaccination

    Menzies have a major focus on immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases that affect Indigenous children, such as the rotavirus vaccine.

  • Child health laboratory research