Senior clinician research fellow
BSc (physiotherapy) dist. PhD
Dr Pamela Laird is a senior clinician research fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and paediatric respiratory physiotherapist at Perth Children’s Hospital. Pamela has worked in the paediatric respiratory field for 30 years in both the USA and Australia. Pamela is passionate about improving respiratory health outcomes for children through improving early symptom recognition and health seeking by families, and early and effective management by clinicians for chronic respiratory diseases, especially in First Nations children. The national clinical translation of Pamela’s research to date has resulted in the development, implementation, and evaluation of lung health literacy materials for First Nations families and online training modules for clinicians in providing culturally secure lung disease evaluation and management.
Pamela is supported by a Raine Clinician Research Fellow and was recently awarded a national MRFF grant. Pamela is leading a national clinical trial, which will implement a strategy for better follow-up of First Nations children after they’ve been in hospital for respiratory infections, in a bid to halt the slide into more severe lung disease.