The SToP Trial: See, Treat, Prevent skin sores and scabies. A cluster randomised, stepped-wedge trial for skin disease control in remote Western Australia

The SToP trial study will implement several activities aimed at Seeing (S), Treating (T) and Preventing (P) skin infections (sores and scabies):

  • Seeing: Provide health worker training to improve detection and treatment of skin infections, and introduce school-based screening surveillance activities to check kids’ skin for infections, and refer them to their local clinic if they need treatment.
  • Treating: At the local community clinic, provide streamlined evidence-based treatment medications for skin infections that are safe, effective, less invasive and easier for people to manage.
  • Preventing: Work with local communities and health services to strengthen culturally appropriate skin related health promotion and environmental health activities.
Countries  Remote Australian Communities
Diseases Scabies
Drugs -
Research Discipline Population Health Interventions
Main Investigator Associate Professor Asha Bowen
Contact Person Associate Professor Asha Bowen
Associate Investigators/Other Collaborators Dr Hannah Thomas
Link to Project
Partner Organisations or Research Institutions involved Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services
Approximate project duration 2017-2023