Program Head, Respiratory Health RFA
MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Prof André Schultz is the Program Head of Respiratory Health and Head of the BREATH Team at Telethon Kids Institute. He is passionate about finding ways to improve the health trajectories of children through multiple approaches with a strong focus on lung health in First Nations children. He is also a paediatric respiratory physician and Clinical Lead for Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia at Perth Children’s Hospital which provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for all children and young people with cystic fibrosis in Western Australia.
He aims to optimizing health early in life to ensure the best possible health outcomes later in life. His research interests include lung health in Aboriginal children, biomarkers of lung disease, cell culture-based disease models and mental health in cystic fibrosis.
He is a committed advocate for children and families affected by rare lung disease. He is the co-founder and Chair of the multinational chILDRANZ Peer Support Team, a member of the Lung Foundation’s Young Lungs Executive Advisory Committee that raise awareness and increase support for children with rare lung diseases, and the Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Data Registry. He is also the President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health.
He has received research funding in excess of AU$22 million (AU$3 million as CIA) and has over 92 peer reviewed publications spanning airway surface physiology to knowledge translation science. He holds a NHMRC/MRFF Investigator grant to prevent permanent lung disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across Australia.