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Beyond Sandy Blight: five Aboriginal workers’ experiences on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, 1976-1978 and beyond

Posted on: 9 January, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 1, January 2009 - March 2009
Related to Eye health

Jones J, Buzzacott T, Briscoe G, Murray R, Murray R  (2007)
Beyond Sandy Blight: five Aboriginal workers’ experiences on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, 1976-1978 and beyond.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

This book gives an insiders’ account of the National Trachoma Eye Health Program for Aboriginal Australians, led by Fred Hollows during the 1970s. It is the first time Aboriginal members from the original team have written of their experiences of the health program which occurred over thirty years ago. This book of five chapters describes the authors’ personal accounts of the groundbreaking program which acknowledged Aboriginal culture and respect. The book documents the terrible living conditions of the Aboriginal people and the obstacles the team faced while providing appropriate health services to the Aboriginal people. Beyond Sandy Blight also provides an insight into how empowering and rewarding the experience was for the team members.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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