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Pina palya, pina kulilku (good ears, good learning)



The Pina palya, pina kulilku project aims to develop a culturally appropriate, multi‐faceted program of early ear screening and an enhanced awareness campaign for the prevention of otitis media (OM, ear disease) that can be introduced throughout the Goldfields and later to other regions of Western Australian. The three‐year intervention project is currently running in Kalgoorlie‐Boulder and five other Aboriginal communities located within four hours drive.

The components to the program are:

The project arose from research conducted between 1999 and 2005 in Kalgoorlie investigating OM and the upper respiratory tract (upper airway) and is a collaboration between the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Population Health, Bega Garbirringu Health Service, Ngunytju Tjitji Pirni and the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia.

Abstract adapted from Pina palya, pina kulilku (good ears, good learning) paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference


Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
PO Box 855
West Perth WA 6872
Ph: (08) 9489 7777
Fax: (08) 9489 7700

Related publications

Lehmann D, Arumugaswamy A, Elsbury D, Finucane J, Stokes A, Monck R, Jeffries-Stokes C, McAullay D, Coates H, Stanley FJ (2008)

The Kalgoorlie Otitis Media Research Project: rationale, methods, population characteristics and ethical considerations.

Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology; 22(1): 60-71


Last updated: 13 March 2013
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