• To identify that reservoirs that give rise to Staphylococcus aureus infections in Top End renal dialysis patients. 

The basis for the research is the collection of longitudinal S. aureus carriage isolates from participating renal dialysis patients and clinical and project staff, and to compare these with isolates associated with S. aureus infection in the same renal dialysis patient cohort. The comparison will be by whole genome sequencing.

Implications for policy and practice:

This will inform on going efforts to refine infection control practices to minimise serious infections in Top End renal dialysis patients.

Chief investigator:
Project dates:

The project ran from 2012-2014.

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
  • Royal Darwin Hospital.
  1. Holt, D.C., Harris, T.M.,Hughes, J.T., Lilliebridge, R.A., Croker, D., Graham, S., Hall, H, Wilson, J.,  Tong, S.Y., Giffard, P.M., (2021) Longitudinal whole-genome based comparison of carriage and infection associated Staphylococcus aureus in northern Australian dialysis clinics. PLoS ONE 16(2): e0245790. journal.pone.0245790