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The Healthy skin & rheumatic heart disease program is part of the Child Health Division of the Menzies School of Health Research. This division undertakes research into immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases as well as intervention studies that seek to prevent infections and improve disease management among Indigenous children. Essentially Child Health Division aims to ensure Indigenous children become healthy adults.
Skin infections such as scabies, skin sores, and tinea are endemic in children in many remote Indigenous communities. As skin infections are also associated with acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, the Healthy skin & rheumatic heart disease program seeks to reduce the prevalence of these conditions in children by focusing on causes, treatment, and prevention.
The Healthy skin & rheumatic heart disease program has several projects in operation and all projects can be viewed on the Menzies School of Health Research website.
Menzies School of Health Research
Building 58, Royal Darwin Hospital
Tiwi NT 0810
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8196
Fax: (08) 8927 5187