Nationally and internationally, the burden of ill health from acute and chronic respiratory disease remains high in Indigenous populations.
In the Northern Territory, respiratory illness is the most frequent reason for hospitalisation of young children (<5 years) and preventable cause of death of Indigenous infants (five times that of non-Indigenous infants).
Chronic Supprative Lung Disease (CSLD) is an important cause of chronic respiratory illness in remote Aboriginal children and adults. Wet or moist cough is always associated with airway secretions and is a common symptom in CSLD.
Once developed little is known about the clinical course of this disease in this population. The factors associated with disease progression and deterioration in lung function is also unknown.
Resources that have been developed by our research group can be found on Menzies Child Health Resources page and on the LungInfoNet