What is the Deadly Ears Program?The Deadly Ears Program aims to reduce the high rates of middle ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by;
'Deadly' is a word used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to mean 'great' or 'cool'.
Deadly Ears, Deadly Kids, Deadly Communities
It is easy to think that the high rate of middle ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids is solely a health issue. It is not. Middle ear disease can effect a child's development, their relationship with their families and friends, their education, and their future.
In 2009, a comprehensive framework was launched to address middle ear disease in Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
This framework describes the actions needed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, and to reduce the burden of the disease. The actions target specific improvements to health, education and family services to communities, and the embedding of essential changes to some important “systems” that govern health, education and family service delivery and policy.
These actions are the responsibility of a number of agencies. The Deadly Ears Program chairs a steering committee made up of the following:
|Agency||Division / Unit within Agency|
|Queensland Health||Deadly Ears Program|
|Child and Youth Community Health Services
|Division of Chief Health Officer|
|Child Health and Safety Unit|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Branch|
|Queensland Department of Education and Training||Student Services Branch and Disability Services Support Unit|
|The Office for Early Childhood Education and Care|
|Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing||Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Canberra)|
|Australian Hearing||Indigenous Services|
|This steering committee prepares an annual Action Plan, describing what each agency is doing to achieve the targets described in the Deadly Ears, Deadly Kids and Deadly Communities framework. Examples of this work are below.|
|Changes to the Personal Health Record||Deadly Kids can Listen and Learn|
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