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The latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants includes $2,173,619 to the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) to fund research which aims to support better ear health for Indigenous children.
The Indigenous Healthy EARs: BEtadine, Tissues and Antibiotics (I HEAR BETA) will determine the benefit of antiseptic ear washes and a long term course of antibiotics on ear health and hearing.
Many Aboriginal children in remote communities have severe ear infection. Acute infection with eardrum perforation often leads to long term discharge of pus (known as chronic suppurative otitis media) which causes significant loss of hearing.
Chief Investigator of the project, Associate Professor Peter Morris, has participated in a number of research projects that have aimed to improve medical management of otitis media in rural and remote Aboriginal children across the Northern Territory. He is a member of the EarInfoNet Reference Group provides advice the content of the web resource.
Source: National Health and Medical Research Council and Menzies School of Health Research
Associate Professor Peter Morris
Menzies School of Health Research
Darwin (Royal Darwin Hospital Campus)
John Matthews Building (JMB)
Building 58, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8196
Fax: (08) 8927 5187