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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous women to help eliminate trachoma

Date posted: 19 November 2012

The voices of high profile Indigenous women are being aired on a national radio campaign to help eliminate trachoma in remote Indigenous communities.

Led by the University of Melbourne, the campaign consists of five part radio segments that aim to teach women and families across the Northern Territory about trachoma, and explain simple steps to help eliminate the condition and other infectious diseases.

Evonne Goolagong, Deborah Mailman, Catherine Freeman, Marcia Langton, Shellie Morris and 2012 Deadly Awards sportswoman of the year, Bo de la Cruz, have all lent their support to the Trachoma elimination women's education series, which will be aired by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) radio 8 kin FM, over the next six months.

Ms Fiona Lange, Health Promotion Officer at the Indigenous Eye Health Unit (University of Melbourne) said it was the first radio program about trachoma to be produced for community members, particularly women in remote communities.

'With the voices of these inspiring Indigenous women and using the motto "clean faces, strong eyes" the women's radio series shows that clean faces and holistic hygiene is something everyone can do to stop the spread of not only trachoma but other diseases such as diarrhoea, respiratory and ear infections,' Ms Lange said.

Source: Senior Australian news and research




Last updated: 21 November 2012
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