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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Publications

2013

DiGiacomo M, Davidson PM, Abbott P, Delaney P, Dharmendra T, McGrath SJ, Delaney J, Vincent F (2013)

Childhood disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: a literature review.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 12: 7

Retrieved 18 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-12-7

This article is the result of a narrative literature review which was undertaken to identify peer reviewed literature describing factors impacting on the prevention, recognition, and access to support and management of disability in Indigenous Australian children.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lowell A (2013)

“From your own thinking you can't help us”: intercultural collaboration to address inequities in services for Indigenous Australians in response to the World Report on Disability.

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; 15(1): 101-105

2012

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Northern Territory emergency response child health check initiative - follow-up services for oral and ear health: final report 2007-2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report is the final in a series of seven reports on the dental, audiology and ear, nose and throat (ENT) services funded by the Australian Government under the Northern Territory emergency response child health check initiative (NTER CHCI) and the Closing the gap in the Northern Territory national partnership agreement (CtG NT). Although open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under 16 years living in prescribed communities, these programs specifically targeted those who received referrals from their Child health check (CHC).

Based on the data collected, this report provides information on the extent of services provided, and the oral, ear and hearing health of children who received these services. The information in this report relates to dental and audiology services provided from August 2007 to 30 June 2012, and funded ENT consultations provided from August 2007 to December 2010 and ENT surgeries performed from 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2010.

The report was produced jointly by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Hill S (2012)

Ear disease in Indigenous Australians: a literature review.

Australian Medical Student Journal; 3(1): 45-49

Scott-Visser B (2012)

Why is ear and hearing health in the early years so vital?.

The Chronicle; 23(1): 20

Thomson N, Burns J, McLoughlin N (2012)

The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children.

In: Beresford Q, Partington G, Gower G, eds. Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education: fully revised edition. Revised ed. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing: 202-234

The revised edition of Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education reflects on the challenges and achievements that have occurred for both teachers and students in this significant area of education since the book's original release in 2003. The chapter, The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children, reviews the specific health issues currently affecting Indigenous children, and how these issues impact on their education. The chapter provides a summary of key indicators of Indigenous health status.

Prevalent issues and indicators discussed include:

  • infant mortality and birthweight status
  • nutrition
  • substance use
  • anaemia
  • ear disease and hearing loss
  • infectious diseases
  • eye conditions
  • oral health
  • injuries
  • social and emotional wellbeing.

Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Vanderpoll T, Howard D (2012)

Massive prevalence of hearing loss among Aboriginal inmates in the Northern Territory.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 7(28): 3-7

Western Australian Education and Health Standing Committee (2012)

Report on key learnings from the committee research trip 11-17 March 2012.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Ear and hearing health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data from the follow-up ear and hearing health services delivered through the Child health check initiative and the Closing the gap in the Northern Territory national partnership agreement. It details the ear and hearing status of the children who underwent the services and the audiology and ear, nose and throat services provided. The Australian Government-funded services were made available to children in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory from August 2007, the report provides information about the services delivered until May 2011.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cornish D (2011)

Deaf to Indigenous children's needs.

Policy; 27(2): 20-22

Howard D, Fasoli L, McLaren S, Wunungmurra A (2011)

Dangerous listening: the exposure of Indigenous people to excessive noise.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(1): 3-8

Howard D, Human Services Training and Advisory Council (2011)

Hear this: supporting Aboriginal learners and employees who have hearing loss.

Retrieved 2011 from http://www.hstac.com.au/old2011/HearThis/

The information on this website is based on the work of Dr Damien Howard who worked in collaboration with the Human Services Training and Advisory Council of the Northern Territory. The website provides information about the causes and signs of hearing loss, specific information for employers (about hearing loss in the workplace), and families (recognising hearing loss and helping children with hearing loss), as well as identifying hearing problems in learning environments.

The development of this resource was made possible with funding from the Northern Territory Government Department of Education and Training through the Australians Working Together Grants Program 2008.

Abstract adapted from Howard, D. and Human Services Training and Advisory Council

New South Wales Health Promotion Division (2011)

Aboriginal ear health program guidelines.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Vanderpoll T, Howard D (2011)

Investigation into hearing impairment among Indigenous prisoners within the Northern Territory Correctional Services.

Darwin: Phoenix Consulting

This report investigates the implications of hearing impairment among the Indigenous prisoners in Northern Territory Correctional Services. It was conducted in response to the Hear us: enquiry into hearing health in Australia report by the Australian Government.

The results of the study found significant hearing loss among Indigenous prisoners, contributing to a breakdown of communication between inmates and prison officers. There is further discussion about the implications of hearing loss for correctional services and recommendations for the use of hearing amplification devices to reduce communication difficulties and improve rehabilitation outcomes.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Vasquez A (2011)

‘Dad was alone in his head' - National Relay Service telephone solutions for people with a hearing impairment.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

2010

Darwin Otitis Guidelines Group (2010)

Recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

The updated Recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations builds on the 2001 guidelines using recent research and an explicit search and critical appraisal of the medical literature between 2001 and 2010. The original guidelines were directly linked to the Systematic review of existing evidence and primary care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

The guidelines are intended for use by health care professionals who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. This includes Aboriginal health workers, Aboriginal ear health workers, primary care and specialist physicians, nurses, remote nurses and nurse practitioners, audiologists, audiometrists, speech therapists, and child development specialists (including advisory visiting teachers and teachers of the deaf).

The clinical care guidelines are published by Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) and were prepared by the Darwin Otitis Guidelines Group in collaboration with the OATSIH Otitis Media Technical Advisory Group. They are designed to facilitate the delivery of comprehensive, effective and appropriate ear health programs.

The clinical care guidelines are divided into sections: prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, medical management, audiological management of associated hearing loss, practical considerations in health care delivery, and prioritisation of primary health care services in different settings. They aim to offer a series of clear recommendations for the clinical care of Indigenous Australians that are:

  • based on the best available evidence
  • acceptable to a multi-disciplinary expert panel experienced in this area
  • presented in plain language and algorithms.

The sources of information used include:

  • evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, evidence summaries and systematic reviews
  • high quality primary research on otitis media and hearing loss.

The following separate resources are also included:

  • what's new in the 2010 update of the clinical care guidelines - two page flyer
    • a brief summary of the new features of the guidelines and the research and review processes that went into the new edition
    • an outline of the aim, background, contents and use of the guidelines
  • practical treatment plans and prioritisation of primary health care services in different settings - four page brochure
    • a brief introduction to otitis media (OM) and the sources of information on which the guidelines are based
    • a summary of practical treatment plans for the management of childhood otitis media in populations at high risk of chronic otitis media (chronic suppuratives otitis media, CSOM)
    • a snap shot of health care service priorities when working with limited resources
  • clinical care algorithms - eight laminated A4 sized cards
    • algorithms graphing diagnosis and management of otitis media and hearing loss to assist with clinical care
  • pocket guide for the diagnosis and management of ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
    • includes photographic and written description of the symptoms, diagnostic and management notes
    • can be attached to a key ring or otoscope
  • key messages for primary health care providers - A3 sized poster
    • a 10 point list of actions to remember when working with Indigenous families to treat and prevent otitis media in Indigenous children.
The practical treatment plan, pocket guide and algorithms are colour coded according to the type of otitis media allowing for quick cross referencing between the resources. All separate resources are also included within the bound guideline book.

Abstract adapted from Recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

De Plevitz L (2010)

Binang gurri: turning a deaf ear to Indigenous hearing loss.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 10(3)

Retrieved from http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/binang-gurri-turning-a-deaf-ear-to-indigenous-hearing-loss/

Doyle J, Ristevski E (2010)

Less germs, less mucus, less snot: teachers' and health workers' perceptions of the benefits and barriers of ear health programs in lower primary school classes.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 16(4): 352-359

Howard D (2010)

When talking fails: hearing loss and chronic disease.

Paper presented at the 14th Annual NT Chronic Diseases Network Conference. September 2010, Darwin

Wunungmurra A, Howard D, Fasoli L (2010)

Listening troubles and little kids.

Paper presented at the SNAICC National Conference. 27-29 July 2010, Alice Springs

2009

Burrow S, Galloway A, Weissofner N (2009)

Review of educational and other approaches to hearing loss among Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 9(2):

Howard D (2009)

Ear disease, anxiety and Indigenous access to health and education services.

Paper presented at the Goldfields Ear Health Conference. 30th April – 1st May 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA

Williams CJ, Coates HL, Pascoe EM, Axford Y, Nannaup I (2009)

Middle ear disease in Aboriginal children in Perth: analysis of hearing screening data, 1998-2004.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(4): 14-17

 
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