• To evaluate an anaemia prevention program in Community A and anaemia best practice guideline fidelity in East Katherine Communities A, B and C.


Record reviews will be conducted on electronic primary health care (PHC) records in all three East Katherine communities to assess the fidelity of anaemia best practice guidelines and identify any perinatal or child risk factors associated with the development of childhood anaemia. In Community A, interviews will be conducted with health practitioners and mothers of children who have been involved with the ‘Anaemia Prevention Program’ to determine what ingredients make up the prevention program and if they are replicable in other communities.

Implications for policy and practice:  

We will clarify the ‘ingredients’ of why the childhood ’Anaemia Prevention Program’ in Community A is effective for Aboriginal children, families and this community and determine if these ingredients are replicable in other locations. The PHC record review will identify barriers to implementation of best practice guidelines that can be used by Sunrise Health to improve health service delivery. For the first time, we will identify what perinatal and infant risk factors are associated with the development in these communities.

Chief investigator:
Project dates:
  • March 2016 - Current



  • Sunrise Health

Liberato, S. C., et al. (2015). "Use of electronic visual recording to aid assessment of dietary intake of Australian Aboriginal children living in remote communities." Aust N Z J Public Health.

Kearns T, Ward F, Puszka S, Gundjirryirr R, Moss B, Bailie R. (2017) Anaemia Health Literacy of Community Members and Health Practitioners Knowledge of Best Practice Guidelines in a Remote Australian Aboriginal Community. Universal Journal of Public Health, 5(1):32-9. doi: 10.13189/ujph.2017.050105.