Australia Darwin

Menzies School of Health Research

Child Health Division

Brief overview

Menzies is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a leader in global/tropical research. With a history of >35 years of scientific discovery, Menzies continues its endeavour to break the cycle of disease and to reduce health inequities in Australia and the Asia- Pacific region.

Menzies delivers high quality research that addresses the major public health challenges in Northern and Central Australia, neighbouring and international regions. One major program addressing these challenges is the well-being of children including lung health. .

Research areas

Biomarkers/ Bronchiectasis/ Cough/ Infection/ Microbiology/ Paediatrics

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (outgoing initial phase only)

Research infrastructure/facilities

Menzies is co-located with the Royal Darwin Hospital. Our state-of-the-art research infrastructure include laboratory-based biomedical research facilities for experimentation in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, immunology and biochemistry. Major research areas in the laboratory include respiratory and ear conditions.

Laboratory-based researchers are active in developing new methods for genetic, immunological and biochemical and bioinformatic analyses. Laboratory capacities include bio-containment to PC-3 level, recombinant DNA technology, with associated Office of the Gene Technology Regulator certification, flow cytometry, biochemical separations and real-time PCR. Laboratory-based researchers also perform translational genomics and Menzies has the computational capacity to support this is growing area.

Research funding/resources

Funding for specific research projects in the respiratory field is available from the National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Pediatric Bronchiectasis (AusBREATHE) and possibly future funds from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) CRC in Pediatric Bronchiectasis(Child-BEAR-Net). Additional funds can be sought from a wide range of national and international NGO and government funding bodies through competitive processes. In Australia these include the NMHRC, Lung Foundation of Australia, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Asthma Australia and others.

Links to non-academic sector

Menzies actively engages with key stakeholders outside academia ensuring that our research is relevant and translatable. Specifically, we actively engage and seek on-going advice from our Parent Advisory and First Nations Reference Groups, both dedicated to working with us to promote healthy children and lung health.

We have a close relationship with the hospitals in the Northern Territory and partner institutes listed in our NHMRC CRE for bronchiectasis website. Senior researchers also have on-going grants and research activities with community-based organisations e.g. Lung Foundation of Australia and PCD Australia. Nationally, there is ongoing investment into respiratory research from NGOs.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

Menzies works at the frontline, partnering with over 60 Indigenous communities across northern Australia and over 20 countries in our region to create resources and grow local skills. Our talent pool compromises over 400 staff, including many award-winning researchers from around Australia and the region.

We’re committed to educating future researchers. Menzies is currently supporting 60 PhD and Masters by Research candidates and houses the Ramaciotti Regional and Remote Health Sciences Training Centre which supports pathways into health training through micro-credentialing, vocational training, and undergraduate studies. Menzies work with regional neighbours results in a flow of international researchers visiting for training in a range of areas.

Menzies is active in community outreach performing health promotion throughout the Northern Territory, as well as community talks and national events such as International Women’s Day, National Science Week, Pint of Science and other activities.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award