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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

New website about ear disease and hearing loss for Indigenous childcare workers

Date posted: 8 January 2013

A newly released website helps childcare workers play a crucial role in the prevention of ear disease in Indigenous children.

The Look after kids' ears website provides information specifically designed for Indigenous childcare workers and families on ear disease and hearing loss.

Through the website, childcare workers will also be able to assist in minimising the social and education impact ear disease and hearing loss can have on young children.

Hearing loss is widespread among young Indigenous children around Australia. A high proportion of young Indigenous children who attend childcare are likely to have fluctuating hearing loss as a consequence of middle ear disease (otitis media, OM).

Until now childcare workers have generally not had access to training or resources that would enable them to play an important role promoting ear health within a community.

The website contains information, animated posters and visual resources related to the prevention, detection and management of ear disease in Indigenous children.

Look after kids' ears also contains information about exposure to excessive noise and hearing loss. Recent research has shown that exposure to excessive noise in the home environment is a significant risk factor for hearing loss among Indigenous children.

Source: Phoenix Consulting


Damien Howard
Phoenix Consulting
1 Phoenix St
Nightcliff NT 0810
Ph: (08) 8948 4444


Last updated: 8 January 2013
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