Dr Hannah Moore
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
Research Field: Epidemiology/Infectious Diseases
Despite numerous vaccination programs respiratory infections such as influenza, whooping cough and bronchiolitis remain a major cause of childhood morbidity. Aboriginal children continue to suffer at a higher rate than non-Aboriginal children.
By collating and analysing a range of infection, hospitalisation and immunisation records, Hannah’s research has begun to map the impact of chest infections in Australian children. Her work will enhance the identification of pathogen-specific causes of respiratory infections and the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. In addition Hannah investigates how the reduction of one disease due to vaccination has affected the epidemiology of related diseases.
Her research will accurately guide vaccination and health policy while identifying high risk groups for intervention programs in order to prevent respiratory infections.