Did you know that conductive hearing loss attributable to otitis media affects up to 8 out of 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in remote communities?
Middle ear disease (medically known as otitis media) is common in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It is bad for the health, child development and educational outcomes of children, and impacts their families and communities.
The Deadly Ears Program is Queensland Health's State-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ear Health Program for children.
We aim to manage and reduce the high rates of conductive hearing loss attributable to otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We engage and consult with communities to deliver a service focussed on long term improvement of ear health outcomesfor children and their families.
We also want to create long term changes across the education, health and early years services (sectors) that improve ear health, hearing and educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
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