Review of Current Arrangements for the Collection, Recording, Transfer and Reporting of National Trachoma Data
On 21st December 2009, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH), Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) engaged HealthConsult to:‘review the current arrangements for the collection, recording, transfer and reporting of national trachoma data’
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This report, prepared by Health Consult Pty Ltd in the first half of 2010 for the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), presents the results of the review of the current arrangements for trachoma surveillance and reporting in Australia, and provides recommendations for an improved and expanded system.
The project methodology brought together information from an extensive documentation and literature review, and consultations with key stakeholders from the jurisdictions (Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland), the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit (NTSRU), DoHA, and experts in the field.
The findings of the review provide recommendations to improve the usefulness of surveillance data by improving the quality, timeliness and coverage of data collection, monitoring and surveillance for trachoma. The continued strengthening of the trachoma surveillance system will contribute to the expanded management strategies under the Improving Eye and Ear Health Services for Indigenous Australians for Better Education and Employment Outcomes measure being implemented from 1 July 2009 for four years.
- includes an independent assessment of the national trachoma surveillance activities and reporting systems in place from 2006 to 2010 against the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines for evaluating public health surveillance systems;
- presents conclusions about the purpose, quality, compatibility, consistency and accessibility of the national trachoma data and the reporting and feedback of information across the various user and stakeholder groups;
- documents the current uses of the trachoma surveillance data and identifies and assesses current deficiencies and gaps in the system relative to what is required to monitor the impact of theImproving Eye and Ear Health Services for Indigenous Australians for Better Education and Employment Outcomes measure; and presents 23 recommendations for the future development of, and investment in the system.
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