Milpa's Six Steps to Stop Germs Poster Competition 2022

The Department of Education NT and IEHU ran the Six Steps to Stop Germs poster competition again in Term Four 2022.  Milpa’s message of Clean Faces, Strong Eyes is incorporated in the Six Steps to Stop Germs to show the best hygiene practices for all-round good health and education benefits. Six Steps educational resources simplify hygiene messaging, and the fun 3D Augmented Reality App helps children practice for real life.

The Families as First Teachers program, early childhood and primary teachers help young children with hygiene activities first thing before class begins, and as needed in the day.  These hygiene actions will help to eliminate trachoma and reduce ear, respiratory, gastric, skin, and other infections, some which lead to chronic and life-threatening conditions. Improved health also means better ability to engage, learn and be happy while at school.

This year dozens of awesome entries came from the Central Australia, Big Rivers, and Barkly regions. Ten entries by children and their teachers were selected that most creatively depict the Six Steps to Stop Germs in mediums suitable for a poster.

This year we were delighted to have special guest judge Rhonda Inkamala assist. Rhonda is a Western Aranda, Luritja and Pitjantjatjara woman who is a multilingual speaker with understanding of 14 Aboriginal languages of Central Australia. Rhonda was a language teacher and cultural principal at Yipirinya School in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) for many years. Also an artist, Rhonda’s inspiration comes from Country where she lives at Kwale-Kwale Homeland on Iwupataka Land Trust west of Alice Springs.

Rhonda said “The artwork from Communiity School students were brilliant and colourful. They showed students understanding of the concepts from Milpa’s Steps through their great artworks”.

We are very proud to announce the awsome 2022 winners and each has won $1,000 of art supplies for their school.

A list of the winners can be found below, congratulations to everyone involved!


Transition and FaFt Winners:

Bulla School and Kalkaringi School

Bulla School

Kalkarindji School

Lower Primary Winner:

Yarralin School #1

Yarralin Lower Primary

Upper Primary Winner:

Clyde Fenton School

Clyde Fenton Upper Primary


Transition and FaFt Winner:

Bradshaw FaFt

Bradshaw Primary School

Lower Primary Winner:

Imanpa School

Imanpa Lower Primary

Upper Primary Winners:

Amoonguna School and Imanpa School UP #1

Amoonguna School

Imanpa School - Upper Primary


Lower Primary Winner:

Neutral Junction Lower Primary School #3

Neutral Junction Lower Primary

Upper Primary Winner:

Neutral Junction Upper Primary School #3

Neutral Junction Upper Primary

Check Out the 2021 Winners Here

Visit Milpa's Six Steps to Stop Germs Here

Check Out the 3D Augmented Reality App Here

Australia is getting closer to eliminating blinding trachoma in remote Indigenous communities after more than a decade of focussed screening, treatment, and health promotion. The NT Department of Education is a valued and essential partner in trachoma elimination, as countless teachers provide tremendous help during the regular screening, treatment programs and health promotion activities.