Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Dr Margaret McElrea
Research Manager
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Mrs Remai Mitchell
Clinical Research Coordinator
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


The PneuMatters study is evaluating the efficacy of a pneumococcal vaccine in preventing pneumonia in the first 12 months of life in high-risk infants whose mothers received the vaccine while pregnant. The study is being conducted in Darwin, South-East Queensland and Malaysia. Participants are recruited in antenatal clinics and are followed until the baby turns 12 months of age.

Australian participants must be pregnant with infants who will be identified as either Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, or Pacific Islander. This study has a strong focus on Indigenous health improvement given that early childhood pneumonia can have significant long-term effects of lung health of children.

Research activities

You will conduct a systematic audit of data by cross-checking data that has been entered into the database against the source data and case report forms. You'll be given clear instruction by supervisors and will have ongoing access to supervisors to clarify any questions that arise.


The aims of the overall randomised controlled trial are to determine whether pneumococcal vaccine given to pregnant mothers reduces the incidence of pneumonia in the first 12 months of life in Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori or Pacific Islander infants.

Skills and experience

You must have:

  • basic computer skills
  • the ability to quickly learn how to use a research database
  • attention to detail to identify discrepancies in data, and maintain accurate data recording
  • an understanding and respect for patient confidentiality, as sensitive patient information will be accessed.

You should also have the ability to:

  • work independently
  • follow instructions
  • complete tasks in a timely manner.

This project is based at centre for Children’s Health Research (adjacent to Queensland Children Hospital, South Brisbane) and is not suitable for being conducted off-site.



Contact the supervisor for more information.