Trachoma in Australia: an update

Authors

  • Hugh R Taylor AC FRANZCO,

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    • Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Mitchell D Anjou MScOptom

    1. Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Conflict/competing interest: No stated conflict of interest.
  • Funding sources: Harold Mitchell Foundation, Ian Potter Foundation, Mr Greg Poche AO, The University of Melbourne.

Correspondence: Professor Hugh R Taylor, Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia. Email: h.taylor@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

In 2001, one of the authors wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia about trachoma explaining that Australia is the only developed country in the world where blinding trachoma still exists. Ten years later, the same is still true, but there is some progress and the situation in Australia is starting to change. However, this progress has been somewhat glacial, especially compared with the rapid changes being made in other ‘undeveloped’ parts of the world.

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