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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

The trachoma story kit (2010)

Author

Indigenous Eye Health Unit

Publisher

Indigenous Eye Health Unit University of Melbourne

City

Melbourne

Type

Resource package

 

Description

The Trachoma story kit is a 'one-stop-shop' of resources, suitable for clinics, schools, and community wide programs. It comes with trachoma clinical education and culturally specific, health promotion resources including:

The new trachoma resources DVD showcases the creative work of communities and program partners over two years of concerted trachoma elimination in the Northern Territory. The health promotion message 'clean faces, strong eyes' is brought to life in many remote communities with original songs, videos, television advertisements and animations by well-known Indigenous artists, hip hop performers, children's television characters, and school children and adults from remote Indigenous communities.

As well as standard trachoma health education tools, there are resources especially designed to actively engage kids and people in Indigenous communities. These include:

Background
Since being launched in August 2010, around 700 Trachoma story kits have been used in a concerted effort to eliminate trachoma in Australia. They are used in clinics, schools and community workplaces in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales to provide clear and consistent messages about trachoma, how it is spread and how everyone can help to eliminate it.

The Trachoma story kits are free of charge with no cost other than freight. Extra supplies of tattoos, goanna ink stamp, Jabby DVD, the trachoma resources DVD, and A2 size community flipchart (useful for large groups), are available at cost plus freight.

Abstract adapted from the Indigenous Eye Health Unit

When to use this resource

Anyone who lives or works in remote Aboriginal communities can use the Trachoma story kit to run trachoma prevention sessions and health and hygiene programs. The materials can assist Aboriginal Health Workers, clinical staff, teachers, pre-school and child care workers, environmental health workers and sport and recreation staff to educate and inform adults and children about trachoma, what it is, how it spreads and how to find, treat and eliminate trachoma in communities.

Contact details

To order a Trachoma story kit, contact:
Rachael Ferguson
Email: rlf@unimelb.edu.au

For information regarding trachoma and the Indigenous Eye Health Unit please contact:
Fiona Lange
Email: flange@unimelb.edu.au.

Indigenous Eye Health Unit
Melbourne School of Population Health
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 207 Bouverie St
Carlton Vic 3053
Ph: (03) 8344 9320
Fax: (03) 9348 1827

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Last updated: 7 August 2014
 
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