- » Key resources and services
Improving hygiene and children's health in remote Indigenous communities
This project investigated the physical and social issues that prevent remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory from reaching safe levels of hygiene. The aim of the project was to identify interventions that would be effective in addressing these barriers to safe hygiene levels, and investigate hygiene improvement as a way to reduce the high levels of common childhood infection. The project also focused was on those barriers which prevent the hygiene needs of young children from being satisfactorily met. Key findings include:
- extreme levels of disadvantage, including social, economic and educational disadvantage, underlie why unsanitary living conditions and poor hygiene exist in many remote Indigenous communities
- crowding, non-functioning health hardware (toilet, taps, showers etc) and poor standards of personal and domestic hygiene, combined, are considered to underlie the high burden of infection experienced by children.
Abstract adapted from Primary Health Care Research & Information Service
Menzies School of Health Research
Bailie RS, Stevens MR, McDonald E, Halpin S, Brewster D, Robinson G, Guthridge S (2005)
Skin infection, housing and social circumstances in children living in remote Indigenous Australian communities: testing conceptual and methodological approaches.
BMC Public Health; 5(1): 128
Retrieved 8 December 2005 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-5-128.pdf