Chief Investigators: Dr Kerry-Ann O’Grady, Prof Anne Chang , Dr Michael Otim, A/Prof Theo Sloots, Ms Kerry Hall, Ms Anna Bell, A/Prof Peter Newcombe, Dr Noritta Morseu-Diop, Dr Janet Hammill
Funding sources: Queensland Government Smart Futures Fellowship; QCMRI Project Grant; University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award; QCMRI Clinical PhD Scholarship (Anna Bell)
Respiratory infections (RI) are major causes of morbidity and mortality in Australian Indigenous children and have significant social,cultural and economic impacts on individuals, their families and communities and health service providers. To date, however, the focus on RI has been almost entirely on children living in rural and remote regions of Australia, with no community based data on disease and its social, cultural and economic impacts in urban Indigenous children. This is despite socio-economic and health indices being consistently lower for urban Indigenous communities than non-Indigenous urban populations.
LSIMKids is a 3 year prospective cohort study that aims to comprehensively examine the causes, risk factors,socio-economic impacts and health outcomes of respiratory illnesses in urban Indigenous children in Queensland. An important focus of the research is exploring Indigenous concepts of risk for respiratory illnesses and the impact of these illnesses on families and communities from an Indigenous perspective.