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The Trachoma Story Kit

Trachoma - What is it?

Trachoma is caused by infection and re-infection with the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and is the leading cause of infectious blindness in 59 of the world's poorest countries.

Australia is the only developed country in the world to still have active trachoma in remote Indigenous communities. Trachoma is most often found in small children but scarring and in turned eye lashes are found in older people throughout the country. Trachoma persists in areas with poor personal and community hygiene.

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Since being  launched in August 2010 around 700 Trachoma Story Kits are being used in a concerted effort to eliminate trachoma in Australia. They are being used in clinics, schools and community workplaces in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales to provide clear and consistent messages about trachoma, how it is spread and how everyone can help to eliminate it.

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The Trachoma Story Kit Components

The Trachoma Story Kit is suitable for all work place settings including clinics, schools, and community wide programs. It comes complete with trachoma clinical education and culturally specific, engaging health promotion resources. The materials can assist Aboriginal Health Workers, clinical staff, teachers, pre-school and child care workers, environmental health workers and sport and recreation staff to educate and inform adults and children about trachoma, what it is, how it spreads and how to find, treat and eliminate trachoma in communities.

The Trachoma Story Kit resources are available to download or order.

Each Trachoma Story Kit contains:
  • Clinic, Community and School Flipcharts
  • Teacher and Student Workbooks
  • Poster Series
  • Trachoma Resources Book
  • Key Messages
  • Correcting Myths
  • WHO Grading Card
  • Surveillance Report
  • Milpa Tattoos
  • Milpa Stamp
  • Jabby DVD
  • Trachoma Resources DVD
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As well as standard trachoma health education tools such as flipcharts, posters, the World Health Organization trachoma grading card, the Trachoma Resource Book and a Trachoma Resources DVD; there are many creative and fun resources especially designed to actively engage kids and people in communities. These include temporary tattoos, goanna ink stamps, football hero posters, student booklets and chatterboxes.

Trachoma Story Kit Multimedia and Online Training Resources
  • Melbourne Football Club CSAs
  • Trachoma Online Training Tool
  • RAHC training modules and more
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Teachers and preschool staff in particular can play an important role in educating children about good health and holistic hygiene practices with routine hand washing and washing faces whenever they are dirty. We hope that you can use any or all of these resources to help eliminate trachoma by encouraging "Clean Faces, Strong Eyes" and holistic hygiene in your remote Indigenous community, school and clinic.

We also encourage further adaptations and tailoring of the resources to help acknowledge and respond to community needs (please refer to the Style Guidelines for more information).

Acknowledgements

The resources were developed by a collaboration of Indigenous Eye Health, the Ngumpin Reference Group at Katherine West Health Board and the Centre for Disease Control Department of Health NT. By bringing together Aboriginal experts and clinical stakeholders the resources incorporate clinical knowhow with culturally acceptable, user friendly language and realistic images of contemporary Indigenous communities.

IEH has received generous support from; The Harold Mitchell Foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, CBM Australia, The Cybec Foundation, The Aspen Foundation, "K" Line Logistics, Mr Greg Poche AO, Dr David Middleton, Mr Peter Anastasiou, Mr Rob Bowen, Dr Vera Bowen, Mr Noel Andresen and Dr Mark & Alla Medownick. Their ongoing support and encouragement allows us to work on 'Closing the Gap' for Indigenous Eye Health.

Illustrations are by Lily McDonnell and the goanna is used with permission of the Centre for Eye Research Australia.


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