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Maroons football hero Sam Thaiday launched the My trip to hospital DVD last month, produced as part of Queensland Health's Deadly ears program, to help calm the fears of Indigenous children about having ear surgery. Thaiday and Junction Park State School and eight year old student Kahle Singh, star in the DVD which aims to demystify the surgery provided by the program for Indigenous children, who have the highest rates of middle ear disease in the world.
Program director Matthew Brown said 'In many indigenous communities, children and their families can be very frightened about going to their local hospital for the low-risk surgical procedures,' he said.
Thaiday is passionate about involvement with the Deadly ears program and says 'I want to see young Indigenous kids be as healthy as they can be and achieve everything they can in their lives. You can't do a lot of things in life without having good ears. If you can't hear, it affects your learning, it affects your sport.'
Since 2006, the program has assessed, repaired and restored hearing to more than 3,500 Indigenous children, including providing surgery to about 450 of them in rural and remote communities.