Journal article

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

Thiripura Vino, Gurmeet Singh, Belinda Davison, Patricia Campbell, Michael Lydeamore, Andrew Robinson, Jodie McVernon, Steven YC Tong, Nicholas Geard

Published : 2017

Abstract

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 is available on the structure of these households, and how they differ between remote and urban communities. We have developed a novel approac..

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