Skin infections such as scabies, skin sores and tinea affect many Aboriginal people living in remote regions of Australia, with particular prevalence among children, and can lead to serious conditions such as rheumatic heart fever and rheumatic heart disease. This report details the outcomes of a three-year project in the Northern Territory’s East Arnhem region to build community-based solutions to skin infections, including the development of educational resources and accredited training programs for Aboriginal community workers. The project had particular success in reducing the incidence of skins sores among children aged less than 15 years, and resulted in 11 Aboriginal community workers graduating with recognised primary health care qualifications.

Author R. Andrews & T. Kearns
Type Publications
Year 2009
East Arnhem Regional Healthy Skin Project: Final Report 2008
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