Ms Anna Bell

"Respiratory Illness in urban Indigenous children: risk and cultural context"

Anna Bell graduated from The University of Queensland with a Masters of Philosophy in 2015. Her study aimed to inform the development of future research and interventions by gaining an understanding of Indigenous contexts and perceptions of risk for respiratory illness in Indigenous children in an urban setting. Anna's work identified that the perceptions of Indigenous parents and carers about respiratory illness are different to those of mainstream health care professionals, and that these perceptions and beliefs have a profound effect not only on their experiences of health care, but may also provide an explanation for the prevalence of respiratory illness in Indigenous children.

After completing her studies Anna took up a position with Queensland Health working in the area of Indigenous cultural capability in children's health.