Journal article

Indigenous Australian household structure: a simple data collection tool and implications for close contact transmission of communicable diseases

Thiripura vino, Gurmeet R Singh, Belinda Davision, Patricia T Campbell, Michael J Lydeamore, Andrew Robinson, Jodie McVernon, Steven YC Tong, Nicholas Geard

PEERJ | PEERJ INC | Published : 2017


Households are an important location for the transmission of communicable diseases. Social contact between household members is typically more frequent, of greater intensity, and is more likely to involve people of different age groups than contact occurring in the general community. Understanding household structure in different populations is therefore fundamental to explaining patterns of disease transmission in these populations. Indigenous populations in Australia tend to live in larger households than non-Indigenous populations, but limited data are available on the structure of these households, and how they differ between remote and urban communities. We have developed a novel approa..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The project was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant (#1098319). Steven Y.C. Tong is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow (#1065736). Data collection for the ABC study, Gurmeet Singh and Belinda Davison are supported by the NHMRC (#1046391). Jodie McVernon is supported by NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (#1117140). Andrew Robinson is supported by the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. Thiripura Vino and Michael John Lydeamore are supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.