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Take Pride in Personal Hygiene



This program enlists role-models from the Northern Pride Rugby League Club to promote the importance of personal hygiene to children in Far North Queensland, in order to reduce rates of skin, ear, respiratory and diarrhoeal disease.

The core component of the program is a hand hygiene education session, delivered by Northern Pride players to children at remote community schools.

Each session includes:

The program, which was launched in July 2011, is a joint initiative of the Cairns Public Health Unit (Queensland Health Department) and the Northern Pride Rugby League Club. In 2012, the program was named the runner-up in the Environmental health initiatives category at the national Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards.

Abstract adapted from Queensland Rugby League


Clayton Abreu
Indigenous Environmental Health Program Officer
Tropical Public Health Unit
Queensland Health Department
William McCormack Building II, Level 7
5 Sheridan Street
PO Box 1103
Cairns Qld 4870
Ph: (07) 4226 5555

Sea Swift Northern Pride Rugby Club
Moore Family Sports House
Barlow Park, Severin St
Cairns Qld 4870
PO Box 5
Westcourt Qld 4870
Ph: (07) 4046 0500

Related publications

No germs on me (2008)

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

The Northern Territory's Department of Health and Families No germs on me campaign raised awareness of the importance of handwashing in schools, at home and in the community to prevent the spread of diarrhoeal and respiratory illnesses.

The aim of the campaign was to motivate men, women and children to regularly wash their hands with soap after going to the toilet, after changing babies' nappies and before touching food.

The resources were developed with the assistance of focus groups and in-depth interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Top End and Central Australia, which determined the barriers and drivers to people routinely washing their hands with soap.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 18 May 2017
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