Unfortunately, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children so they can have the best start in life.

  • 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


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

  • Families and parenting
  • 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


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

  • Lungs


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

  • Maternal Health Program
  • 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