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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Retrospective study hoping to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment for ear and lung infections

Date posted: 3 December 2013

Menzies School of Health Research will undertake a retrospective study of 20 years of ear and lung data with the aim of informing improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment options for Indigenous children with middle ear and lung infections.

Senior research fellow, Kim Hare, will analyse the many individual studies on Indigenous ear and lung health that have been conducted by Menzies’ child health researchers over the period. The research will be funded by the four-year Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship that Ms Hare was recently awarded from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

'Although the primary outcomes of these individual studies have been, or are being, published, much additional valuable information remains to be discovered,' Ms Hare said. 'I will use my fellowship funds to combine data from the different studies, which will increase the numbers for analysis and enable me to examine interactions between antibiotics, vaccines and the environment, something that is not generally possible in individual studies.'

Source: Menzies School of Health Research


Last updated: 3 December 2013
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