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Menzies ear and hearing health program wins $2.5 million in 'research excellence' funding

Date posted: 20 October 2014

A leading ear and hearing health collaborative research program led by the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) was today declared a ‘Centre of Research Excellence (CRE)’ and awarded funding of $2.5 million over five years.

Professor Amanda Leach will lead the CRE, which aims to significantly improve ear and hearing health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. 'Indigenous children have the highest reported rates of otitis media (OM), commonly known as middle ear infection, and burst eardrums in the world,' said Professor Leach.

In 2013, 86% of Indigenous children under 3 years of age had OM, and 14% had a perforated ear drum (compared with 0.1% of non-Indigenous children). Elsewhere in Australia, Indigenous children also have much higher rates of OM than their non-Indigenous peers, but very little research has addressed how best to prevent and treat OM and hearing loss in urban Indigenous children.

Source: Menzies School of Health Research


Last updated: 6 November 2014
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