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To address the transfer of research into health service practice, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has partnered with OMOZ for the Australian Otitis Media Conference.
New research and recently updated treatment guidelines aim to reduce the burden of preventable hearing loss associated with ear disease, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who have the highest otitis media (OM) disease burden in the Asia-Pacific region.
The OMOZ conference topics are streamlined to inform health care professionals how research continues to guide OM clinical care and ear and hearing health prevention and promotion programs.
The conference welcomes participants from all health care professionals, such as: Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW); doctors; nurses; audiologists; audiometrists; ear, nose and throat head and neck (ENT) surgeons; scientists and other relevant specialists who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
NACCHO is encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear health workers and their relevant primary health care services in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector and the community health care services to attend and have made available a sponsorship.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and other health professionals who are currently working in an ear health program in a primary health care service - for example, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Aboriginal Medical Services or Community Health Care Services - are eligible for sponsorship and encouraged to register. Sponsorship is available to a limited number of participants.
Registration closing date is 2 April 2012.
Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) media release
Research source: A review of the burden of disease due to otitis media in the Asia-Pacific