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Further medical professionals need in remote communities says audiologist

Date posted: 12 January 2015

When it comes to improving Indigenous health in Australia Sue Tuck, audiologist, is all ears.

Sue is predominantly based in the Whitsundays, but twice a year she makes the trip to the Northern Territory to work in remote Indigenous communities. There she works with Remote Allied Health and Call, an agency that employs health professionals to work in remote regions of Australia.

Sue says otitis media (inflammation, fluid and infection behind the eardrum), is the most common ear infection she comes across. 'We have actually got the highest incidence in the world in our Indigenous children for ear disease, and you feel in country like Australia where we have so many resources available to us, it shouldn't be like that,' said Sue.

Sue says there is currently a shortage of medical professionals working in remote communities, and she wants to encourage younger people to take it up.

'I think the solutions have to come from the Indigenous communities themselves, and now I can see through the introduction of Aboriginal Health Workers into the program which happened in the last five years. That is going to be the key to it all, because those Aboriginal Health Workers will offer culturally appropriate solutions and they will liaise with the people in the communities directly to be able to come up with solutions that are going to work for them,' Sue said.

Source: ABC Tropical North


Last updated: 12 January 2015
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