Environmental Health Improvements Workshop

On the 28 February, the Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) team in partnership with Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) and the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) held a workshop in Alice Springs to bring together various stakeholders from across the Northern Territory to discuss environmental health aspects of the SAFE Strategy. 19 government and non-government organisations were represented at the workshops – including the NT Departments of Health, Education, Housing and Infrastructure.

Aunty Pat Miller, an Arrente Elder and Traditional Owner welcomed workshop participants to country and spoke about her own experiences of trachoma as a child growing up on country near Alice Springs. The workshop consisted of presentations, panel discussions and opportunities for stakeholders to work in small groups to identify gaps and opportunities that could be addressed for improved health and trachoma outcomes. Moving forward, an ‘E’ working group has been created to progress ideas coming out of the workshop.