Trachoma in Australia

  title={Trachoma in Australia},
  author={Hugh R Taylor},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  • H. R. Taylor
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Australia
Australia is the only developed country in the world where blinding trachoma still exists 

Ten years of trachoma elimination in rural Western Australia: lessons from the field

The WA Trachoma Program has demonstrated that a flexible but strategic approach reduces trachoma prevalence as Australia nears its target of elimination by 2020, although significant challenges to this goal remain.

Better late than never: a national approach to trachoma control

  • D. Mak
  • Medicine
    The Medical journal of Australia
  • 2006
The publication of the Guidelines for the public health management of trachoma in Australia, which were developed by the Department of Health and Ageing and the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia, and the Australian Government’s allocation of $920 000 towardstrachoma control over the next 3 years represent a long-awaited national approach to controlling this preventable disease.

National trachoma surveillance annual report, 2012.

The World Health Organization grading criteria were used to diagnose cases of trachoma in Aboriginal children with jurisdictions focusing screening activities on the 5-9 years age group; however, some children in the 1-4 and 10-14 years age groups were also screened.


This Primer summarizes the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of trachoma as well as its management, disease control and elimination, and key areas for future research.

Can blinding trachoma be eliminated by 20/20?

The work of the International Trachoma Initiative together with national governments as well as other organizations in applying the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy for trachoma control has produced critical successes in challenging settings.

Ecology and control of the trachoma vector Musca sorbens

A community-based strategy to reduce the quantity of human faeces on the soil surface by providing latrines would have the effect of reducing the population of M. sorbens, and hence reduce fly-eye contact and trachoma transmission.

Trachoma: new assault on an ancient disease

  • S. West
  • Medicine
    Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
  • 2004

Prevalence and control of trachoma in Australia, 1997-2004.

This study aimed to document the prevalence of active trachoma and trichiasis from 1997 to 2003 and from 1987 to 2004, respectively, and to provide an overview oftrachoma control activities in Australia in 2004 and to identify equal prevalence in both sexes.

An ecological approach to health promotion in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

Findings showed that a combination of crowding, non-functioning health hardware and poor standards of personal and domestic hygiene underlie the high burden of infection experienced by children in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

Law and governance in Australian aboriginal communities: Liberal and Neo-Liberal political reason

This paper examines Aboriginal governance in Australia in the 1890s, at a time when the mission station was the main instrument used to manage certain categories of Aboriginal person. The paper



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