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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


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iv, 38 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Ninti One Research Report NR002 Ninti One Limited Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme 29 Report for Indigenous Eye Health University of Melbourne Not many people watch [NITV], but if you can get it on Imparja that would be good; most people watch that. Participants agreed that animated cartoons in language would get childrens attention (x2): Cartoons! In language! Youll attract the kids straight away! Promotion involving artwork is viewed positively: The artwork is catchy; when I see Aboriginal art in posters, I take notice. 5.4.4 Family and community events One of the ladies suggested that Milpa could bring stickers or posters next time and then they could be taken out to the homelands to stick in the bathroom to assist parents in reminding their children to clean their faces. People mentiond that hip-hop road shows and BBQs are a good way to share information and everyone can come. Several suggestions were made for the clinic to be more involved in the campaign: The clinic should get more involved and visit people to encourage them to get to their appointments, especially for those who dont attend. Clinic should go to school and have an eye check-up day, or at the clinic with Milpa and footy players. People said the school should check and encourage clean hands and faces (x2). There were also suggestions to set up a money tin in a prominent location (i.e shop), with the proceeds going towards activity days where Milpa and football players come to promote the message. Participants felt that Milpa needs to be more of a presence around the community, such as attending childcare and delivering his message to the little ones and their parents/carers. The children love interacting with big puppets: Song and dance is a good way for our kids to learn and they like singing in Warlpiri. Its good when they come into community. In all communities, participants identified the importance of the family unit in promoting the Milpa message and also facilitating behaviour change: Get families to talk to other families to help keep their kids eyes clean. A family day with Milpa would be good for all the family to go to. People also said that Milpa should do activities in places other than the school (e.g. bush trips) and demonstrate how to keep eyes clean when running water is not available (e.g. carry water and face washer).