- Menzies School of Health Research
- Royal Darwin Hospital
- Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute
- To define the clinical and microbiology of bronchoalveolar lavage and nasopharyngeal carriage in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children with (and without) bronchiectasis, to better understand disease causation and treatment options.
- To gain further understanding of the aetiology of bronchiectasis to influence the management of children with bronchiectasis.
Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung disease thought to result from chronic inflammation of the lower respiratory tract as a result of recurrent respiratory tract infections early in life. The prevalence of bronchiectasis in NT children is disproportionately high compared with urban Australia.
Implications for policy and practice:
This study will contribute to our understanding of the aetiology of bronchiectasis and influence the management of children with bronchiectasis.
For more information about the project email Dr Gabrielle McCallum.
The project commenced in 2007 and is ongoing.