Welcome to the HOT NORTH Scabies Mass Drug Administration (MDA) Forum

The aim of this forum is to create a shared understanding amongst Northern Territory communities and services and others across central and Northern Australia of how to achieve Scabies Free Zones at household, community and regional levels.

The scabies mass drug administration forum is for local health services, communities and other organisations to share experiences of creating Scabies Free Zones through Healthy Skin days/weeks where whole of community scabies treatments are conducted on one day.

If you would like to contribute to this page, please contact us at HOTNORTH@menzies.edu.au

Stories could include why/how as well as success factors/learnings from processes and outcomes. Submissions which include images with appropriate permissions are welcomed.


Healthy Skin Week 2020

Healthy Skin Week 2020 brings education to community

Healthy Skin Week 2020 brings education to community Red Lily Health in conjunction with Jabiru Primary Health, One Disease and support from local businesses will be delivering education on Healthy Skin in Kakadu. Educational packs will be handed out during this program. Together as one, we can get rid of scabies and have healthy skin […]

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Menzies study to trial moxidectin to treat scabies

The Menzies School of Health Research is involved in a ground-breaking study that has the potential to improve the treatment of scabies around the world. Scabies is estimated to affect more than 200 million people. Collaborating with Medicines Development for Global Health, the research team at Menzies is trialling the use of the drug moxidectin […]

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Scabies and skin infections focus at Top End Health Service public health workshop

The Top End Health Service Public Health Workshop was held in Darwin at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre from Wednesday 30th October to Friday 1st November 2019. This workshop included a strong focus on scabies and skin infections in the Northern Territory. The event hosted a gathering of communicable disease, environmental health, community […]

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Healthy Skin Days in the Northern Territory (NT)

One Disease will be hosting a series of healthy skin days in the NT in the upcoming weeks.  Healthy Skin Days are planned across three different communities in the NT. Things kick off at Gunbalanya on the 4th of November with a return to community on the 11th. Then, we will be in Galiwin’ku on […]

One Disease coordinated a Healthy Skin Symposium in Nhulunbuy in August 2019 that brought together health professionals across East Arnhem

One Disease Healthy Skin Symposium held in Nhulunbuy

One Disease coordinated a Healthy Skin Symposium in Nhulunbuy in August 2019. The symposium brought together health professionals across East Arnhem to discuss the strong history of skin health work and the desire to work collectively across the region towards scabies free zones. In attendance were Aboriginal Health Workers, Health Professionals, Infectious Disease Specialists and […]

2019 Skin Health Symposium

Skin health symposium

The recent HOT NORTH and One Disease skin health symposium in Darwin brought together experts from organisations around Australia to discuss the burden of scabies in Australia and to lay the groundwork for future collaborations aimed at controlling scabies in Australia. With nearly 100 health professionals in attendance, including medical, nursing and Aboriginal Health practitioners […]