Burden of skin disease in two remote primary healthcare centres in northern and central Australia

Lauren Thomas, Asha C. Bowen, Marleesa Ly, Christine Connors, Ross Andrews, Steven Y.C. Tong

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The burden of skin infections across all age groups in remote Australian Indigenous communities is currently unknown. In a retrospective audit of 439 residents from two remote communities presenting to health clinics, skin conditions were the most common reason for presentation (1603/7392, 22%) and 330/439 (75%) residents presented at least once with a skin infection. Skin infections are an under-appreciated and dominant reason for presentation to primary healthcare centres in these indigenous communities and public health campaigns to address this should incorporate all age groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-399
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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