New review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s respiratory diseases says more can be done

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (HealthInfoNet) at Edith Cowan University has published a new Review of respiratory diseases among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Drew, says ‘this important review states that respiratory illnesses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are serious and can progress to chronic lung disease’.

The review written by Kerry-Ann O’Grady (Queensland University of Technology), Kerry Hall (Griffith University), Anna Bell, (Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital), Anne Chang (Charles Darwin University) and HealthInfoNet Research Coordinator, Christine Potter, found that the lung health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children requires a greater focus. The review recommends that to reduce the burden of respiratory illness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, best-practice medicine is essential. Also, tied to this is improving socioeconomic factors, reducing harmful exposures to infections and toxins, and addressing access to culturally acceptable health care and illness prevention programs.

The review also highlights that significant change will only occur once the broader determinants of respiratory health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are adequately addressed. However, much can be done now to enable children to ‘breathe easy’ throughout their lifetime.
Link to review https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/learn/health-facts/reviews-knowledge-exchange-products/

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