Leprosy: How Much do you Really Know?

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Leprosy is a bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae (M. leprae), which multiples slowly and progressively affects cooler body tissue (e.g. skin, testes, superficial nerves, eyes). It is a chronic disease that is most common in the tropics and subtropics

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World Leprosy Day is on the last Sunday of every January. Take some time to consider how much you really know about this condition. Because leprosy, also known as Hansen's Disease, is rare in Australia, you might not know much more about it than what you have seen in media portrayals. Most Australians affected by leprosy are either Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from northern Australia or people who have migrated from a country where the condition is more common.


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Madeline Gilkes
Madeline Gilkes, CDE, RN, is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She focused her Master of Healthcare Leadership research project on health coaching for long-term weight loss in obese adults. Madeline has found a passion for preventative nursing. She has transitioned from leadership roles (CNS Gerontology & Education, Clinical Facilitator) in the acute/hospital setting to education management and primary healthcare. Madeline’s vision is to implement lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat chronic conditions. Her research proposal for her PhD involves Lifestyle Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Madeline is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and primarily works in the academic role of Head of Nursing. Madeline’s philosophy focuses on using humanistic management, adult learning theories/evidence and self-efficacy theories and interventions to promote positive learning environments. In addition to her Master of Healthcare Leadership, Madeline has a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Graduate Certificate in Adult & Vocational Education, Graduate Certificate of Aged Care Nursing, and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is working towards her PhD.
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Pamela Butler
29 Oct 2020
Very interesting and easy to follow. Good references
Marcella Brown
28 Apr 2021
Succintly written, good information given.
Pamela Boyd
26 Oct 2020
Excellent, very interesting and a good read as know little about leprosy. It was such a feared disease. Thank you.
Yody Buritica
26 Oct 2020
Short but interesting. Well summarised.
Sarah Maskell
27 Oct 2020
I learnt a little of the history of leprosy, how the disease is spread, the incubation period of the disease. I also learnt symptoms of leprosy, nursing actions and what further health issues can be caused if not treated.
Olusegun Aanuoluwa
24 Oct 2020
It's a good course to learn
21 Oct 2020
Good information
Bina Baniya
22 Mar 2021
Narinda Bouwer
13 Jul 2020
I learned new things re a disease that is very unknown.
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