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Date posted: 4 July 2011
The Minister for Indigenous health, Warren Snowdon, has launched a new $9.6 million national campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear and hearing health. The Australian Government campaign starts this month and features resource kits for teachers and early childhood workers to inform children about ear health. Mr Snowdon said there was a much higher prevalence of ear and hearing issues amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared with the wider community. The campaign aims to minimise the impact of hearing problems with very simple steps; getting kids' ears checked regularly, visiting a doctor, nurse or Aboriginal health worker and getting to know the signs and symptoms of ear disease.
Minister Warren Snowdon's office
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