Hygiene improvement

Essential to improving child health in remote Aboriginal communities

Elizabeth McDonald, Ross Stewart Bailie

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Abstract

It is generally recognised that poor living conditions and poor hygiene underlie the high burden of infection experienced by Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) children living in remote communities. There has been little research on this topic. Taking an ecological approach, our study aimed to identify the key factors contributing to poor hygiene in one remote Aboriginal community and to determine appropriate approaches for improving hygiene and reducing the burden of infection among children. Key findings include that multifaceted interventions are required to ensure that household water and sanitation technology are functional, hygiene behaviour change is achieved and environments that enable good hygiene behaviour are created. Many of the factors contributing to the problem of poor living conditions and poor hygiene in these communities are outside the control of the health system. Intersectoral collaboration and action is required to identify acceptable, effective and sustainable solutions. � 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-496
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume46
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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McDonald, Elizabeth ; Bailie, Ross Stewart. / Hygiene improvement : Essential to improving child health in remote Aboriginal communities. In: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2010 ; Vol. 46, No. 9. pp. 491-496.
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In: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Vol. 46, No. 9, 09.2010, p. 491-496.

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