Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Dr Laila Ibrahim MB BCh BAO, MRCPI, FRACP, PhD is a clinician researcher with a strong research interest in antibiotic use/misuse in children in hospital and at home. She is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Clinician Scientist Fellow at the MCRI and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and. She is recognised as a specialist paediatrician not only in Ireland where she trained but she has also in Australia. She is focused on treating children out of hospital through her clinical work and as a researcher. As a clinician, Laila was instrumental in transferring patients requiring intravenous antibiotics for acute infections, directly from the Emergency Department to Hospital-In-The-Home, which is both innovative and demonstrates excellence in clinical care. Her research work on children with moderate/severe cellulitis was published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases demonstrated that home intravenous antibiotics was as good as standard care in hospital, preferred by families and more cost-effective. Her post-doctoral program is now focussed on urinary tract infections, through a randomised trial of 1 versus 3 days of intravenous antibiotics for complicated UTI across Australia and New Zealand, which was recently awarded an MRFF funding of $1.6million. This study will provide evidence for the optimal duration of intravenous antibiotics for complicated UTI which has significant impact on antibiotic resistance and quality of life.