Lower respiratory infections in Australian Indigenous children

O’Grady, Kerry-Ann F. and Chang, Anne B. (2010) Lower respiratory infections in Australian Indigenous children. Journal of Paediatrics And Child Health, 46 9: 461-465. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01845.x

Author O’Grady, Kerry-Ann F.
Chang, Anne B.
Title Lower respiratory infections in Australian Indigenous children
Journal name Journal of Paediatrics And Child Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1034-4810
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01845.x
Volume 46
Issue 9
Start page 461
End page 465
Total pages 5
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite Australia being one of the wealthiest countries of the world, Australian Indigenous children have a health status and social circumstance comparable to developing countries. Indigenous infants have 10 times the mortality rate for respiratory conditions. The lower respiratory infection (LRI) rate in Australian Indigenous children is at least as high as that of children in developing countries; the frequency of hospitalisations of Indigenous infants is triple that of non-Indigenous Australian infants (201.7 vs. 62.6/1000, respectively). While Indigenous Australian children have many risk factors for LRIs described in developing countries, there is little specific data, and hence, evidence-based intervention points are yet to be identified. Efficacy of conjugate vaccines for common bacterial causes of pneumonia has been less marked in Indigenous children than that documented overseas. Gaps in the management and prevention of disease are glaring. Given the burden of LRI in Indigenous children and the association with long-term respiratory dysfunction, LRIs should be addressed as a matter of priority.
Keyword Infectious disease
General paediatrics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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Created: Tue, 20 Sep 2011, 14:18:40 EST by Dr Kerry-ann O'grady on behalf of Child Health Research Centre