1st Feb 2013

Indigenous Eye Health in the Spotlight

Amoonguna community was part of a feature on Trachoma elimination on Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise.

As an Australia Day special, Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise program was broadcast live from Alice Springs.

As part of this special feature, there was a segment filmed at Amoonguna community, 15 km south-east of Alice Springs, which focussed on Trachoma and the hard work being done to eradicate the eye disease from remote Indigenous communities.

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. (from www.iehu.unimelb.edu.au)

Congress currently has two Trachoma Health Promotion Officers who travel to communities to help share the message of good hygiene and 'Clean faces, strong eyes'.

If you missed the segment, you can have a look online by clicking here.

More Information

Find out more about Trachoma elimination and resources by visiting the Melbourne University Indigenous Eye Health Unit website.