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The development of culturally safe and relevant health promotion resources for effective trachoma elimination in remote aboriginal communities

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
Volume 36 Issue 2 (June 2012)

Abstract: Blinding Trachoma is still present in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. A barrier to eliminating this disease was found to be the varying degree of quality and cultural appropriateness of the current trachoma health promotion resources. To help overcome this barrier, a partnership was formed between Katherine West Health Board, the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Disease Control, Department of Health Northern Territory. The Trachoma Story Kits were developed after extensive consultation with the Ngumpin Reference Group at Katherine West Health Board who were able to guide the development of culturally appropriate health promotion resources relevant for their community context and understandable to their own people. Around 700 Trachoma Story Kits are used in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. Aboriginal Health Workers find the kits "help them (clients) to understand what trachoma is and how to stop it with clean faces, antibiotics, clean environment and surgery".

To cite this article: Baunach, Emma; Lines, David; Pedwel, Brian; Lange, Fiona; Cooney, Rebeca and Taylor, Hugh R. The development of culturally safe and relevant health promotion resources for effective trachoma elimination in remote aboriginal communities [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2012: 9-11, 16, 19. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=851236900698958;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 26 Sep 16].

Personal Author: Baunach, Emma; Lines, David; Pedwel, Brian; Lange, Fiona; Cooney, Rebeca; Taylor, Hugh R; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2012: 9-11, 16, 19 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Trachoma; Health promotion; Health--Information services; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene; Affiliation: (1) Healthy Skin and Eye Coordinator, Katherine West Health Board
(2) Community Development Manager, Katherine West Health Board
(3) Community Development Manager, Katherine West Health Board
(4) Health Promotion Officer, Indigenous Eye Health Unit Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
(5) Child Health Coordinator, Katherine West Health Board
(6) Harold Mitchell Chair, Indigenous Eye Health, Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

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