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East Arnhem regional healthy skin project: final report 2008

Posted on: 11 January, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 1, January 2010 - March 2010
Related to Environmental health Disease control Infants and young children

Andrews R, Kearns T (2009)
East Arnhem regional healthy skin project: final report 2008.
Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research and Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health                                                                                              

This report details the outcomes of the East Arnhem Regional Healthy Skin Project which was implemented into East Arnhem Land in September 2004 to develop community based control of skin infections in the region. The project involved screening children aged 15 years and younger for scabies, skin sores, and tinea, and also included treatment and follow up services. The results of the project are for a three year period from 2004 to 2007 and are discussed in terms of the prevalence of skin sores, scabies, and tinea over the study period.

Essentially the report highlights the success of the project in reducing skin sore prevalence and infected scabies. The project also led to the establishment of an outreach service model whereby all infants and children attending Baby Health Clinics are screened for skin infections and appropriately treated. Follow up home visits are also provided to those families with children with identified skin infections. The report concludes by remarking that plans exist to continue the project for a further 12 months to determine whether further gains can be made in reducing the prevalence of scabies, skin sores, and tinea.

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