The high burden of infection among Indigenous children living in remote communities is a major cause of recurrent clinic presentations, hospitalisations and slow growth.

Sustainable hygiene practices can dramatically reduce childhood infections in Indigenous children.

However, with little advice available, Northern Territory communities and health and early childhood services are struggling to find effective and acceptable ways to improve hygiene practices. 

Our research focus:
  • To identify new, acceptable, sustainable and affordable approaches to improve the hygiene and health of Indigenous children.

Our research impact:

We are working with government and non-government service providers to:

  • Promote development and implementation of evidence-based hygiene improvement programs
  • Identify appropriate approaches and strategies to implement hygiene improvement programs to promote the adoption of safe hygiene practices.
Key staff:
  • Northern Territory Department of Health (Environmental Health Division)
  • Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Northern Territory Department of Housing.