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The Ear and Hearing Health Project by the National Aboriginal Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) aims to reform the delivery of ear health training to Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs).
Phases 1 and 2 were commenced in July 2010, and involved development of a pilot training program by the NACCHO course advisory group which included a group of ear health experts. The training program was delivered to 145 AHWs from New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. Trainees received ear health equipment training at two national professional training days. As a result of this pilot training program, the Aboriginal Health Worker ear and hearing health care training manual was released.
Phases 3 and 4 of the project involved consultation with key stakeholders, and establishment of a model for the ongoing delivery of the accredited National ear and hearing health skill set for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. In phase 5 of the project, skill set training will be offered to up to 115 AHWs in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Abstract adapted from National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
Canberra City ACT 2601
PO Box 5120
Braddon ACT 2612
Ph: (02) 6246 9300
Fax: (02) 6248 0744
The training of health workers for ear health and screening is one action of the Australian Government's Improving eye and ear health services for Indigenous Australians for better education and employment outcomes measure. This manual is provided to all Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW) located in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services that are delivering ear and hearing health programs and has been developed to combine with ear and hearing equipment training. It is relevant for the treatment of Aboriginal children and adolescents under 21 years of age and updates a 2010 edition.
The manual covers the following key areas:
Abstract adapted from Aboriginal Health Worker ear and hearing health care training manual 2010