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Date posted: 27 May 2014
The QAIHC (Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council) held a workshop on the primary prevention of the ear disease, otitis media, in Brisbane last week, bringing together representatives from community controlled health services, clinicians and academics.
Selwyn Button, CEO of QAIHC, said the workshop was necessary so ideas on prevention can be explored, and ultimately implemented. 'Over recent years, there’s been considerable focus on clinical management of ear disease, but less attention has been paid to primary prevention', Mr Button said. 'The evidence is there that community based health promotion activities can reduce the rates of infections.'
Jane Burns, a Research Team Leader at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, said that a national focus on the primary prevention of ear disease is important and long overdue. 'Indigenous children’s numeracy and literacy achievements are severely impaired, in part due to the high rates of hearing loss from otitis media. It’s a significant contributor to a cycle of disadvantage.'
Source: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council