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Infectious disease such as respiratory and intestinal infections are the leading causes of hospitalisation for Indigenous infants and children in the NT, with rates many times higher than in the non-Indigenous population. Skin infections are also a major contributor to the burden of illness experienced by Indigenous infants and children.
Poor environmental health conditions are one of the underlying factors behind the high rates of chronic disease in remote Indigenous communities. This project sought to reduce the incidence of infectious disease in young children by increasing the rate of handwashing. The project also considered the influence of poorly maintained housing on health outcomes. Housing is identified as one of the key social determinants of health.
The long term goal of this project was to reduce the person to person, and environment to person, transmission of pathogenic organisms which cause diarrhoea, skin sores and respiratory disease. The objectives of the project were to:
Strategies for implementation included:
NT Department of Health and Families