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The Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) trachoma team has been part of the effort across Australia since 2009 with the goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020. Over the years IEH had worked with a variety of communities and partnership organisations utilising Milpa, the trachoma goanna and the 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' hygiene messages to prevent the spread of trachoma.
To build upon this work IEH have developed a regular ebulletin to share updates, resources and ideas to support your work in eliminating trachoma in Australia.

If you or your community have any stories, events or resources to add to the ebulletin, please email
Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne
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Community Art Murals

IEH and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects travelled to Papunya, Areyonga, Titjikala, Arlparra and Ti Tree as part of the Trachoma 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' Art Mural Project.
Each community worked with the artist to determine the theme of the mural, often incorporating their dreaming into the painting, while the Hip Hop Dancers and Milpa ran dance workshops with the schools.
We appreciate the support of so many partners including the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), CDP, Local Stores, MacDonnell Council, Central Desert Council, Youth Centres, Sport and Rec, Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation, Primary Health Care and the Australian Trachoma Alliance.

Career Opportunity at Indigenous Eye Health

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Indigenous Eye Health are looking for a Trachoma Environmental Improvements Manager (TEIM) to be based in Alice Springs.
The position will: advocate for safe and functional washing facilities (bathrooms) and work to enhance coordination, collaboration and cooperation between key players at the State and Territory, regional and local levels in health including environmental health, housing, infrastructure and education in targeted regions and remote communities in the tri-state border region of NT, SA, and WA.

Tjungu Festival

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IEH staff, Light Tree Media and Milpa promoted trachoma elimination at the annual Tjungu Festival in Yulara which showcases Anagnu culture, crafts, music and sport.  
Warren H Williams spotted Milpa and the team and couldn't help but wear one of the 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' t-shirts while performing on stage.

Barkly Desert Culture

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UJTU and Barkly Desert Culture at Barkly Regional Council, worked with Hip Hop Bands Etown Boyz, Hill Boyz, Desert Sevenz and Karda Jala Kirridarra to produce “Eye Know”, a Barkly trachoma education song.
The bands later toured the Barkly to finish off their three-year music mentoring project by Barkly Desert Culture. Over 10 days they performed to more than 1000 people and included Clean Face Strong Eyes education with Milpa.

Melbourne Football Club Footy Clinic

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Melbourne Football Club players Dion Johnstone and Declan Keilty along with MFC RAP members visited Santa Teresa community for the Footy Clinic in May 2017.
The clinic this year was supported by IEH staff, Atyenhenge-Atherre Aboriginal Corporation, Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School, CDC, AFL NT and local services such as MacDonnell Regional Council and MacYouth.

Evaluation of NT Trachoma Health Promotion

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A research article has recently been published on the effect of health promotion to improve trachoma knowledge, attitudes and practices in staff who support children and families in trachoma endemic communities. 
IEH conducted research with local staff from 63 of 82 remote Aboriginal communities at risk of trachoma in the early stages of the program. 
Positive change occurred in a relatively short time, despite high levels of staff turnover.

Evaluation of the National Trachoma Health Promotion Programme

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IEH engaged Ninti One to conduct an independent evaluation of the Trachoma Health Promotion Programme (THPP) in six remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia.

Aboriginal Community Researchers conducted interviews and focus groups to collect the feedback. The awareness of Milpa and the 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' messages is high at 86%.
Community members also had some good suggestions for improvements such as engaging more with adults in the communities.

New Flipchart Insert

We have updated the CDNA treatment guidelines page of the the clinic flipchart. The new update will require a sticker to be placed over the old page.
If you would like to be sent the new sticker for your clinic flipchart, please email us at

Any other resources can be ordered via the IEH website.

Good Hygiene Songs

Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! ran a trachoma and nutrition education program with 575 school children in Epenarra, Canteen Creek, Mungkarta, Ali Curung and Tennant Creek schools. Workshops included with drumming, ukulele playing, singing and lessons about trachoma and good hygiene.
The catchy “Five-step Song” helps kids remember how to stop trachoma and other infections and is being played on CAAMA Radio, ABC Radio, Vimeo, YouTube and social media.

RAHC trachoma training

We are pleased to report a big increase in users for the various eLearning resources including the module on Trachoma that IEH developed with RAHC.
The modules are free and earn CPD points.

Melbourne Football Club posters

Melbourne Football Club is supporting the 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' message. Order your free MFC poster  or download the MFC video's from Vimeo.

'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' audio CSA's

IEH and CAAMA Radio have produced a range of audio communitity service announcements (CSA's) in 5 different languages including Arrente, Alyawarra, Warlpiri, Lurja and Pitjantjatjara. You can watch or download these CSA's via the IEH Vimeo.

Trachoma T-Shirts

Order your T-Shirt today!
The bright orange trachoma 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' Shirts can be ordered for your workplace.

To order tshirts with your company logo there is a minimum order of 25 tshirts, or for smaller orders without your logo please contact us for prices and further information.

Milpa at the NATSIEH Conference

Delegates at the NATSIEH Conference in Cairns were surprised when Matthew Lester from Environmental Health WA brought Milpa onto the stage for a special performance of the 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' song.


Stay up to date with all the latest news by following the 'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' Facebook page where we post about our events, activities, new resources and other important notices relating to trachoma in Indigenous communities.
Don't forget to tag us at @CleanFacesStrongEyes if you have spotted Milpa at an event.
Key dates coming up in the health promotion calendar which provide an ideal opportunity to deliver the  'Clean Faces, Strong Eyes' message out in your community.

World Sight Day Oct 12

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment, and is held on the second Thursday in October each year.

Read more about World Sight Day or the #SnapForSight campaign here.

Keep an eye out for IEH

IEH will be attending the following events in coming months so feel free to come and see us:

For more information, contact:
Indigenous Eye Health
Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street
The University of Melbourne
Parkville 3010 VIC Australia.

T: +61 3 8344 9320

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