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Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme



Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme

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Report for Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne; Ninti One Research Report NR002


Ninti One Limited


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Ninti One was invited by Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) to conduct an evaluation of the Trachoma Health Promotion Programme (THPP). The project evaluated the work of IEH at the University of Melbourne and its contribution to the goals of the National THPP in six remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia (namely the tristate border region of South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia). The intent of the project was to identify community knowledge and perceptions of the THPP and what impact this knowledge had on the respondents and their actions. The outputs will be used by IEH and others working in this field to continue the work of eliminating trachoma and to improve and develop future activities and initiatives. The research was conducted over six locations – Ali Curung, Finke, Lajamanu, Ntaria, Pukatja (Ernabella) and Warburton – ensuring that a sufficiently large and representative sample of people was reached in each community and overall across the population. - Executive summary; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Introduction -- Monitoring and evaluation strategy -- Research process -- Dara from survey questions -- Data analysis -- Conclusion -- Appendix A-B




Prevention and control; Trachoma; Health and hygiene; Ophthalmology; Eye diseases; Aboriginal Australians

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Ninti One Limited

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Alice Springs


Report NR002


iv, 38 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Ninti One Research Report NR002 4 Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme Ninti One Limited Report for Indigenous Eye Health University of Melbourne 3. Research process 3.1 Communities visited During the period August 2016 to April 2017, our research team worked in the following communities: Ali Curung 1 focus group (RJCP), 13 September 2016 1 focus group (Safe House), 6 October 2016 33 individual surveys, 6 October 2016 Finke 1 focus group, 11 September 2016 1 focus group, 10 October 2016 14 individual surveys, 12 September 2016 13 individual surveys, 11 October 2016 Ntaria 1 focus group (Community Group), 15 September 2016 1 focus group (Rangers), 10 October 2016 1 focus group (Red Sandhill), 16 November 2016 3 individual surveys, 10 October 2016 8 individual surveys, 15 November 2016 10 individual surveys, 16 November 2016 Lajamanu 1 focus group (Early Learning Centre), 22 September 2016 1 focus group (Childcare Centre), 20 October 2016 31 individual surveys, 1920 October 2016 Warburton 1 focus group, 23 November 2016 35 individual surveys, 2223 November 2016 Pukatja 1 focus group (Art Centre), 22 February 2017 35 individual surveys, 22 February and 6 April 2017 Total 182 individual surveys and 11 focus groups 3.2 Participants In each of the communities, the Ninti One team identified and obtained consent from the individuals for their participation in the research either as individual survey participants or as members of focus groups. Each participant was provided with an information sheet with the consent form that told them about the project, outlined their rights and how confidentiality and data storage would be managed and noted that the research had ethics clearance (Appendix A). All interviews commenced with introductions and discussion about the purpose of the project and the right of the individual not to participate, as well as details of confidentiality and use of the information generated. We sought permission to record the interviews. The interviews were conducted in Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara or English, depending on the preference of the participant. When a local language was spoken, the researchers provided interpretation into English where required to ensure clarity of understanding for all parties.