The Deadly Ears program provides a statewide service and is based within the Children’s Health Services District. We aim to reduce the rates of chronic ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in regional, rural and remote communities across Queensland.
We do this by promoting a range of prevention strategies, improving access to new and existing treatments, and optimising clinical management to improve quality of life and health outcomes.
We employ a range of service delivery models, which include community consultation, relationship building, health education, development of clinical and non-clinical services, and the building of local workforce capacity to develop a sustainable ear health service in regional, rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The success of our service is based on effective partnerships with Indigenous communities and the relevant Health Service Districts.
The Deadly Ears Program consists of the following components: