Develop an effective engagement strategy to educate and promote healthy living practices to support the eradication of Trachoma in indigenous communities (2016-17)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Engineers Australia and Rotary Club of Melbourne


Project title: 
Develop an effective engagement strategy to educate and promote healthy living practices to support the eradication of Trachoma in indigenous communities
Description of the project: 
  • Trachoma is a preventable and infectious eye disease that is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. If left untreated, frequent re-infection can cause blindness.
  • Trachoma can be prevented by facial washing, improved hygiene and environmental improvement.
  • Australia is the only developed nation in the world still affected by trachoma. Trachoma is still endemic in many remote Indigenous communities.
  • The Anangu Pitjantjatjara and Yalata (APY) Lands is located in the northwest of South Australia. The APY Lands have a high prevalence of trachoma. In 2015, the APY Lands had a 6.8% trachoma prevalence in children aged 5-9.

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Engineers Australia and Rotary Club of Melbourne

Location: 
Melbourne CBD, VIC
Description of the project: 
  • Trachoma is a preventable and infectious eye disease that is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. If left untreated, frequent re-infection can cause blindness.
  • Trachoma can be prevented by facial washing, improved hygiene and environmental improvement.
  • Australia is the only developed nation in the world still affected by trachoma. Trachoma is still endemic in many remote Indigenous communities.
  • The Anangu Pitjantjatjara and Yalata (APY) Lands is located in the northwest of South Australia. The APY Lands have a high prevalence of trachoma. In 2015, the APY Lands had a 6.8% trachoma prevalence in children aged 5-9.

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims: 
  • Our objective was to develop a framework and a series of recommendations to implement behavioural and educational changes to assist in eliminating trachoma in a culturally sensitive approach.
  • This recommended educational and engagement program is intended for the APY Lands to assist in eliminating trachoma as part of Rotary Australia’s End Trachoma 2020 project.
Available to: 
All Students
Faculty or Department: 
Arts
Engineering-Chemical
Engineering-Mechanical
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Science
Sector: 
Engineering Consulting
Employment Type: 
Scholarship
Eligibility: 
All students

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are enrolled full-time at Monash.

Selection Criteria: 

Your application will be reviewed by senior faculty members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application form including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

 Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner 
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2016 through to February 2017.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period. 
Duration: 
12 weeks
Max number of recipients: 
4
Application process: 

Applications are submitted online via the MITI website and must include a cover letter (no more than one page) and current CV.

 Your cover letter should include the following information:

  • why the project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of relevant experience either through vacation work, study or other extra curricula activities
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Engineers Australia and Rotary Club of Melbourne

Engineers Australia:
Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.

Dedicated to engineering:

Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse body of engineers in Australia. As Australia’s principal engineering association we serve and represent over 100,000 professionals at every level, across all fields of practice. We are committed to advancing engineering and the professional development of our members.

We are the trusted authority of a profession that shapes the lives of every Australian. With countless organisations, institutions and government agencies relying on our expertise to create, accredit and assess engineering programs and practitioners, our proven dedication to engineers and the Australian industry is unparalleled.

With a rich history and awards programs to highlight the dedication and accomplishments of engineers, we have created a legacy for all to take part in. And with diverse groups and thousands of events each year, we have created a unified forum for engineers like no other.

Explore the pages below to find out more about Engineers Australia and gain a better understanding of its governance, advocacy and many regional facets.

For more information: https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/

Rotary Club of Melbourne:

The Rotary Club of Melbourne is the oldest and largest club in Australia. Founded on 21 April 1921, the Club has implemented community service projects ranging from establishing the Claremont Home for the Elderly to helping children with life-threatening illnesses by assisting to launch the Very Special Kids program.

The Club has had a great international impact as well, sponsoring health care and education programs in Southeast Asia, carrying out an Australian-Vietnam Health Care and Health Education program, and other important initiatives. In 1993, the Club hosted the Rotary International Convention.

The history of the Rotary Club of Melbourne is rooted in the values of service and altruism with a foundation in friendship and fellowship. Since its inception in 1905, Rotary has grown from fellowship among a small group of businessmen to a force of good in the community to an international presence. While Rotary and the Melbourne Club have adapted to changing times, the values of altruism and service and the foundation of friendship and fellowship are like a golden thread running throughout its history from generation to generation.

More information: http://www.rotaryclubofmelbourne.org.au/