National Healthy Skin Guideline: for the Prevention, Treatment and Public Health Control of Impetigo, Scabies, Crusted Scabies and Tinea for Indigenous Populations and Communities in Australia
Research shows hospitalisation rates for skin infections in Aboriginal children are 15 times higher than those of non-Aboriginal children, with nearly half of all children living in remote communities having a skin infection at any one time.
A big part of the problem is that skin infections have become so common that they are considered ‘normal’ and are left untreated, leading to serious, life-threatening illnesses such as chronic heart and kidney disease.
The first-ever National Healthy Skin Guideline is designed to help health care providers easily recognise, diagnose, and treat skin infections using online resources such as photographs, learning tools and an interactive questionnaire. The Guideline also provides plenty of information on how to stop the spread of germs and keep skin strong and healthy.
Did you know that nearly half of all children living in remote Aboriginal communities have skin sores at any one time?
The Skin Health team at Telethon Kids Institute have been involved in developing the first-ever National Healthy Skin Guideline to significantly reduce the high number of skin infections.