Gabrielle McCallum

An inspiring health researcher working to identify ways to improve health outcomes in Indigenous communities has been named the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher of the Year.

Dr Gabrielle McCallum, an early-career clinical researcher from the Menzies School of Health Research, received the 2015 Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award in recognition of her work to find ways to provide early treatment, and prevent recurring lung infections and lung damage, in Indigenous children.

“In the Northern Territory, we face among the highest rates of respiratory disease in the world with our Indigenous children and I’m really passionate about finding different ways to treat and help manage these lung conditions so we can prevent this for generations to come,” said Dr McCallum.

“The support of the Bupa Health Foundation will help me improve the future lung health and quality of life among Australian Indigenous children, and broaden our understanding of clinical factors impacting the management of acute and chronic respiratory illness.”

First held in 2012, the Award celebrates gifted early-career health researchers committed to improving health and care outcomes of Australians in the near future.

Bupa Health Foundation Executive Leader Annette Schmiede said the Award supports the bright future of Australia’s health researchers, and recognises the tangible benefits they bring to the community.

“The Emerging Health Researcher Award is about supporting the determination of these incredible researchers to convert their findings into improving the delivery and efficiency of our health system,” said Ms Schmiede.

“Year on year, our winner and finalists demonstrate that early career achievement can be of world class importance. Supporting this translational focus is at the heart of the Foundation’s philosophy, and I congratulate Dr McCallum and our 2015 finalists.”

Dr McCallum was awarded $25,000 towards furthering her research career, while the other four finalists each received $5,000.