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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 of the project included:

This project was undertaken by Menzies School of Health Research, with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Abstract adapted from Primary Health Care Research & Information Service


Elizabeth McDonald
Senior Research Officer
Menzies School of Health Research
John Matthews Building
Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
Rocklands Drive
Casuarina NT 0810
Ph: (08) 8946 8600
Fax: (08) 8946 8464

Related publications

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


Last updated: 8 December 2016
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