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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 35 Report for Indigenous Eye Health University of Melbourne Finke Shire Office Group The participants were five elderly women and one young woman. Key insights include: Milpa was recognised and his message understood by all of the group members The women had seen Milpa on a variety of communication mediums, including television and posters, had received education at the clinic and had seen Milpa at the school The women considered dust from dirt as the main cause of trachoma, and felt that smoke from fires can cause trachoma Milpa and the message of trachoma is well recognised by children throughout the community The children in community get excited for Milpa to visit the school The women remembered a time when Milpa and Yamba the Honey Ant both visited the school. The women expressed a need for the mascots to also visit other parts of community to ensure the message is spread to everyone The group concluded that parents, carers and teachers at the school should be responsible and encourage clean faces and hands. The women suggested promotion ideas including: Community events (such as concerts) at the Finke Desert Race with Milpa and the Melbourne Demons players More posters in community Milpa doing activities in places outside of school, such as bush trips where children can be shown how to keep their eyes clean without running water (carrying water and face washers). Community Group The participants were five women. Key insights included: Milpa being recognised in the context of an animal; his physical appearance is good for kids to look at and as bush tucker Milpa is associated with a message of trachoma Song and dance encouraged the children to participate and were perceived positively The women associated Milpa with the message of clean faces, strong eyes The women associated Milpa with getting eye drops Milpa coming into community to share the message was important. Ntaria Community Group The participants included seven women, all of whom were grandmothers except one. Key insights include: Participants were not very familiar with Milpa; only two women had seen him on Imparja TV Although people came to community to distribute tablets for stronger eyes, the participant was unaware where they were from