Study finds pool health benefits for remote children

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A study examining the impact on children's health of installing swimming pools in remote Aboriginal communities has found significant benefits.

The research, by the Institute for Child Health Research, was conducted over six years at the Jigalong, Burringurrah and Mugarinya communities in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

Data from Jigalong showed a 44 per cent reduction in ear disease, 51 per cent in skin disease and 63 per cent in respiratory disorders after the installation of a pool.

The institute's director, Professor Fiona Stanley, says there were unexpected social benefits as well.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200602/s1577229.htm

So, if you want to improve health - don't put more money into the hospital - put up a local swimming pool:D

Ausnurse65, RN

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That's very interesting! It would also save the health buget by keeping the kids out of crocidle infested water holes as well. Bring on the pools.

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