Acute respiratory illnesses like coughs, colds and flu are major causes of poor health and preventable death in Indigenous children. Despite this, there has been a lack of research focussing on these infections beyond hospitalisation data. In addition, despite the majority of Australia's Indigenous population living in urban areas, the studies that have been done have been limited to those in remote areas. The project will explore the epidemiological, clinical, microbiological, social, cultural and economic factors associated with these illnesses. Children presenting to an Indigenous specific primary health care service will be followed for 12 months following an acute illness to examine the outcomes and impact of those illnesses.
To study in detail acute respiratory illnesses and their outcomes in urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Brisbane, Queensland.