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Increasing awareness of otitis media prevention messages in the Kimberley

Date posted: 9 July 2013

Over 100 children participated in soap making workshops held in Broome, Western Australia (WA) recently to promote the benefits of hand washing and good personal hygiene as a key prevention message for otitis media.

The North West Expo in Broome was the venue for one of the sessions, organised by Boab Health Services' Otitis Media Project Officer, Laura Handscombe. ‘The soap making workshops were very popular and a great way to engage young families to chat about the importance of hand washing and other otitis media prevention messages. The majority of children were very proud of their creations and took their soaps home to remind them to wash their hands', Laura said.

Soap making workshops were also held at Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Services in partnership with environmental health and ear health staff from Kimberley Population Health Unit. Parents and young children were able to have a go at making soap whist waiting for the child health clinic. By running the soap making activity on the morning of the clinic, staff were able to engage with the 0-4 years age group and their parents, and promote ear health checks as well as good hygiene.

Boab Health Services is one of eight pilot sites to receive funding from Australia Medicare Local Alliance for the implementation of best practice models of care based on the updated Recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Source: Australia Medicare Local Alliance


Last updated: 9 July 2013
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