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Pina palya, pina kulilku (good ears, good learning)
The Pina palya, pina kulilku project aimed 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). The three‐year intervention project ran in Kalgoorlie‐Boulder and five other Aboriginal communities in the Western Australian Goldfields region.
The components to the program were:
- health worker training
- aimed to empower Aboriginal Health Workers, community health nurses and school nurses to examine ears (by otoscopy and tympanometry) and to treat appropriately
- regular ear screening
- targeted Aboriginal children aged under five years using opportunistic, rather than scheduled visits
- health promotion
- aimed to create awareness of OM and identify ways of preventing OM through three key messages, 'regular ear checks', 'frequent hand washing' and 'keep cigarette smoke away from children'
- messages were communicated through interactive soap‐making, hand washing and music workshops as well as an inflatable 'Pina pulka' (big ear).
The project arose from research conducted between 1999 and 2005 in Kalgoorlie investigating OM and the upper respiratory tract (upper airway) and was a collaboration between the Telethon Kids Institute, 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 Kids Institute
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Jacoby P, Carville KS, Hall G, Riley TV, Bowman J, Leach AJ, Lehmann D (2011)
Crowding and other strong predictors of upper respiratory tract carriage of otitis media-related bacteria in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 30(6): 480-485
Sun W, Monck R, Forrest M, Gilchrist B, Stokes A , Mahony A, Douglas C , Jeffries‐Stokes C, Lannigan F, Lehmann D, Bega Garbirringu Health Service , Ngunytju Tjitji Pirni (2011)
Pina palya, pina kulilku (good ears, good learning).
Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre
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
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