Anne Chang AM
Program Lead – Respiratory
Professor Anne Chang AM is an established leading researcher with international recognition in cough, bronchiectasis and evidence-based medicine (EBM) related to paediatric respiratory medicine, and has been a senior NHMRC practitioner fellow since 2004. Prof Chang leads two research groups – the QUT Cough and Airways Research Group (CAARG) at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) and Darwin’s Menzies School of Health Research. She is also a consultant paediatric respiratory physician at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Anne has helped develop and apply EBM for respiratory illnesses nationally and internationally, and is the editor of two EBM series – one on respiratory medicine and the other on Indigenous health. She is responsible for changing paradigms in the investigation and management of paediatric cough such that we now know that child bronchiectasis is reversible, helping to improve outcomes in adulthood. Her research has led to earlier diagnosis of bronchiectasis, describing a pre-bronchiectasis condition (PBB), the inclusion of respiratory symptoms in primary care child assessments (Northern Territory and Queensland) and the establishment of the first international Indigenous collaborative respiratory study.
Prof Chang has a major interest in improving the lung health of First Nations children and continues to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Central Australia, Darwin and Far North Queensland. In 2019 Professor Chang was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and won the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ prestigious Howard Williams Medal in 2021.