- 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 A/Prof Gabrielle McCallum.
The project commenced in 2007 and is ongoing.