The Deadly Ears Program aims to reduce the high rates of conductive hearing loss attributable to middle ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by;
The second Queensland Government policy framework to prevent and manage the impacts of middle ear disease and associated hearing loss for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people was released by the Minister for Health on 1 March 2016.
The 10 year framework outlines the commitment of Queensland Health, the Department of Education and Training, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health sector and other government and non-government service partners across the health, early childhood and education sectors.
Key service partners involved in the implementation of Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures 2016-2026 include:
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A ten year implementation plan has been developed outlining the actions and performance targets government and non-government stakeholders and service providers will work towards to improve the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Key features of the implementation plan include:
Each year an annual action plan will be released outlining the specific activities service providers and partners with undertake. Progress will be monitored and published annually, and a multi-sector steering committee will be responsible for implementing the framework across the health, early childhood and education sectors.
The inaugural 2016-17 action plan was released in September 2016 and details 18 initiatives Queensland Health, the Department of Education and Training and non-government service providers will undertake during 2016-17 to prevent and manage the high rates of middle ear disease and associated hearing loss experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across Queensland.
A five minute animated infographic and a two page fact sheet have been produced describing the key features of the new framework.
Deadly Kids Deadly Futures video.
The new framework replaces the previous framework that expired in 2013. The previous framework—Deadly Ears, Deadly Kids, Deadly Communities 2009-2013 — was independently evaluated by The University of Queensland during 2014. The university finalised the evaluation in 2015 and the overall finding was that improvements had been made in reducing the incidence and impacts of middle ear disease and associated loss but ongoing effort was needed to prevent, treat and manage the disease and its impacts if sustained health gains were to be made in Queensland.
A 10 minute video summary has been prepared by The University of Queensland about the evaluation findings. The evaluation report is also available.
A video summary of the evaluation report.
A copy of the evaluation report can be accessed here:
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