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Indigenous children's ear health improving, but still a concern

6 February 2014

The recently released report,Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: Hearing Health services 2012-2013 presents promising data which highlight the positive effects of hearing health services for Indigenous children in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Evaluation of implementation of best practice models of care based on the updated recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations released

19 December 2013

The implementation of the Otitis media guidelines program has been evaluated, and the findings released by the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, in the Evaluation of implementation of best practice models of care based on the updated recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.
 

Research turns to cold case specimens to unveil secrets in ear and lung health

14 November 2013

Menzies School of Health Research will undertake a retrospective study of 20 years of ear and lung data with the aim of informing improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment options for Indigenous children with middle ear and lung infections.
 

Professor Jonathan Carapetis backs calls for 'no jab, no play' laws

6 November 2013

Professor Jonathan Carapetis, director of Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has backed calls for new laws in Western Australia (WA) that would ban unvaccinated children from childcare centres.
 

New funds to improve Indigenous children's ear health

1 November 2013

The latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants includes $2,173,619 to the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) to fund research which aims to support better ear health for Indigenous children.
 

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.
 

Just released: 2013 Review of ear health and hearing among Indigenous Australians

11 October 2013

The Review of ear health and hearing among Indigenous Australians is now available for viewing and for download from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
 

Malpa young doctors project a success in Utopia

22 September 2013

An Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory, Utopia, is now the proud home of 39 graduates from the Malpa young doctors project.
 

Research links stressful events to poor health and behaviour in children

20 September 2013

Research from the recently opened Inala Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health in Brisbane has found that children who have experienced stressful events in their lives have poorer physical health and more parental concern about behavioural issues than those who have not experienced such events.
 

Hearing awareness week from 25 August 2013

7 August 2013

Hearing Awareness Week runs from 25 August 2013 and brings into focus important issues for Australians who are hearing impaired, deaf or have a chronic ear disorder.
 

Seeking feedback about the new the Indigenous ear health workers' web resource

10 July 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet recently launched the Indigenous ear health workers' web resource.
 

Increasing awareness of otitis media prevention messages in the Kimberley

9 July 2013

Over 100 children participated in soap making workshops held in Broome, Western Australia (WA) recently to promote the benefits of hand washing and good personal hygiene as a key prevention message for otitis media.
 

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
 

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Western-Australian-health-workers-survey This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.
 

Introducing the Indigenous ear health workers' web resource

21 June 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has just launched the Indigenous ear health workers' web resource.
 

Otitis media guidelines now available as a web resource

12 June 2013

The EarInfoNet now has otitis media clinical care guidelines available in a user-friendly, online version accessible just one click from the home page.
 

High rates of hearing impairment for Indigenous inmates

22 May 2013

High rates of ear infections or 'otitis media' in Aboriginal communities contribute significantly to social disadvantage and impact on children's capacity to learn.
 

'Ear for us mob' film launch in Cherbourg

7 May 2013

Cherbourg radio station 4UM (UM standing for 'us mob') is branching out into video production, having recently released their first DVD film titled Ears for us mob.
 

Mobile health screening van success

22 April 2013

The HealtheScreen4KIDS van, a mobile health screening van for children, recently made a visit to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane to share with staff its importance in helping to improve the health of children living in Cherbourg, an Indigenous community 250 kilometres northwest of Brisbane in Queensland (Qld).
 

Yamba's Roadshow on tour again

17 April 2013

Deadly Awards finalist for outstanding achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Yamba the honeyant, will be taking his healthy messages on the road again when he and best friend Jacinta Price begin touring their hit stage musical Yamba's Roadshow in Queensland (Qld) and the Northern Territory (NT) next week.
 

Online e-learning module for health professionals working with hearing or speech impairments

11 April 2013

The National Relay Service (NRS) has developed an e-learning module for health and aged care professionals to raise awareness and understanding of their service.
 

Menzies Close The Gap Day charity breakfast

14 March 2013

Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) will be staging a charity breakfast to support National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 21 March 2013 at the Darwin Convention Centre.
 

Ear and hearing health workshop in Darwin - March 27

5 March 2013

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) will be coordinating a free ear and hearing equipment training session for Indigenous health workers in Darwin on the 27 March 2013.
 

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.
 

Indigenous ear health workshop - making a difference

5 February 2013

A one day workshop addressing ear disease and its underlying issues in Indigenous children will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, WA, on Friday, 15 March, 2013.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.
 

New website about ear disease and hearing loss for Indigenous childcare workers

8 January 2013

A newly released website helps childcare workers play a crucial role in the prevention of ear disease in Indigenous children.
 

National telehealth services for vision and hearing impaired children underway in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW)

3 December 2012

Video conferencing is now being used to provide support for children with hearing problems and vision impairment in regional and remote New South Wales (NSW) as part of the national VidKids program.
 

Northern Territory (NT) Child health check sees improvements in oral and ear health

29 November 2012

Improvements have been made in the oral and ear health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory (NT), according to a report released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Research shows new technology can deliver hearing health services from afar

13 November 2012

New telecommunications technology that delivers specialist hearing health services to regional Australia has been successfully trialled by researchers from the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).
 

'Happy little ears' announced as finalist at the Western Australian (WA) Health Awards 2012

23 October 2012

A culturally appropriate ear health promotion resource for parents and caregivers of Aboriginal children has been selected as a finalist in this year's Western Australian (WA) Health Awards.
 

Swimming pool study shows no benefits for Indigenous children's ear health and hearing

19 October 2012

A study by Flinders University of the effect of swimming pools on ear health and hearing of school aged Indigenous children in South Australia's Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and Yalata from 2009-2011, has found there was no direct benefit.
 

Healthy ears promoted in Central Australia

4 October 2012

A local ear health campaign offering entertainment and giveaways was one of the attractions at the Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).
 

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.
 

Clean clothes equals happier families in Alpurrurulam

27 July 2012

Minister for Indigenous Health and member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, have announced that families in Alpurrurulam, Lake Nash, will soon have access to a community laundry facility.
 

New Aboriginal community health facility for Airds in New South Wales

18 July 2012

Aboriginal community controlled health service, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, has announced the construction of a new community health facility and the donation of a specialised ear nose and throat (ENT) microscope.
 

Deadly ears researcher awarded Charlie Perkins scholarship

5 July 2012

Senior Epidemiologist and Lead Researcher for Queensland Health in the Deadly ears program, Kyle Turner, will undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in public health at Jesus College at Oxford University as a recipient of this year's Charlie Perkins Scholarship.
 

More resources sought to tackle child ear health in WA

28 June 2012

A state parliamentary committee says hearing loss in Aboriginal children is as bad as in third world countries.
 

Survey of health professionals and the National Relay Service for people with hearing or speech impairments

6 June 2012

The National Relay Service (NRS) is developing a new online learning module for health professionals.
 

Fruit restores hearing for the Aboriginal children of Baryulgil

23 May 2012

A fruit-based nutrition program in an Aboriginal community has provided a cure to chronic suppurative otitis media, a disease that causes deafness.
 

New plan uses iPads to help country kids with sensory loss

18 May 2012

Children with a vision and/or hearing impairment in regional and remote areas will have greater access to services thanks to a new video conferencing program launched yesterday.
 

Budget 2012-13: implications for Indigenous ear health

11 May 2012

Budget 2012-13 provides for programs relevant to Indigenous ear health including ongoing commitment to: The Integrated hearing health program which will continue to provide audiology and specialist services to prevent ear disease; diagnose children in their communities; manage disease and refer children for treatment where this is required.
 

'Smart' ear fix trial to begin at Fremantle Hospital

9 May 2012

In an Australian first, surgeons at Fremantle Hospital and the University of Western Australia (UWA) have begun trials on a new method of repairing perforated ear drums that they believe could be a major advance in ear health.
 

Concern over offenders being held under custodial supervision orders in the NT

4 May 2012

A recent Radio National story from the Law Report program, investigated the criminal justice situation in the Northern Territory (NT), which has seen prisoners forced to share overcrowded cells and scarce facilities. In NT prisons, more than 80% of the prison population are Aboriginal Australians.
 

Widespread ear health issues among Aboriginal children

4 May 2012

The CEO of the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre (TSH), Paul Higginbotham, says the high rates of middle ear disease in Aboriginal children have reached crisis point.
 

Significant funding commitment to NT Indigenous communities

30 March 2012

The Federal Government yesterday announced that it would make a long-term funding commitment to services for Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Rural Health Education Foundation resources focus on eyes and ears

29 March 2012

Three recent Rural Health Education Foundation programs with a focus on eye and ear health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are now available on DVD to order for free.
 

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has partnered with OMOZ for the Australian Otitis Media Conference

28 March 2012

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.
 

Indigenous inmates in the Northern Territory suffer hearing loss

21 March 2012

As many as 9 out of ten Aboriginal inmates in Northern Territory (NT) jails suffer significant hearing loss, according to recent research to be published in the Indigenous Law Bulletin.
 

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.
 

Contribute to the new Aboriginal ear health manual

15 March 2012

Authors of the Aboriginal ear health manual would appreciate any feedback on how the manual can be improved.
 

'Pina pulka (big ear)' launched to promote Indigenous ear health in the Goldfields

8 March 2012

The Pina pulka (big ear), an inflatable, walk through model of the human ear, was launched 21 February at Kingsbury Park as part of a health promotion project for Aboriginal children in the Goldfields.
 

National campaign targeting Indigenous ear disease promoted in Taree

22 February 2012

The Care for kids' ears campaign was recently promoted at the Indigenous radio station, Ngarralinyi 2TLP 103.3FM, in the city of Taree, New South Wales, and is set to try to reduce the incidence and impact of ear disease in the Manning Valley Aboriginal community.
 

New kits rolled out to tackle ear disease

7 February 2012

New resource kits to tackle ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids have been launched by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.
 

NBN delivers hearing and vision services to the bush

3 February 2012

The Government today launched the Remote hearing and vision services for children initiative, to be delivered through the the National Broadband Network (NBN).
 

Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Projects releases otitis media podcasts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

9 January 2012

As part of the National Indigenous ear health campaign, Brisbane Indigenous Media Association Projects (BIMA Projects) has released a series of short podcasts about otitis media (ear disease) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

New otitis media guidelines now available online

22 December 2011

In Australia, otitis media (middle ear disease) is a major public health issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
 

Blackburn fellowships celebrate women in research

1 December 2011

A new fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awards top female research fellows and was initiated in recognition of the outstanding achievements of Australian Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, who was a pioneer in science.
 

Latest Aboriginal ear health program guidelines for NSW

23 November 2011

The New South Wales (NSW) Government, Ministry of Health, released the latest NSW Aboriginal ear health program guidelines on 8 November 2011, for use by Local Health Districts in NSW.
 

Hearing loss hits Northern Territory's children

10 November 2011

A new report released on 10 November 2011 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, has found more than 1600 Indigenous children at risk from ear disease and hearing loss have waited an average of more than two years for specialist care in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Hearing trial offers new hope

7 November 2011

On the Tiwi Islands, researchers from the Menzies School of Health Research are trialling a combination of two vaccines already in use in the NT.
 

Hearing help for Palm Island kids

21 October 2011

A state-wide health program to improve hearing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is finally making its way to Palm Island.
 

$39.8 million in health and medical research to help close the gap

19 October 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced 53 National Health and Medical Research Council grants focusing on Indigenous health.
 

Poor hearing a reason for national shame

7 October 2011

While delivering the recent Lionel Murphy lecture, Attorney-General Robert McClelland described the over-representation of Aboriginal people in Australia's criminal justice system as a 'national shame'.
 

Portable hearing aids tested in NT

20 September 2011

A trial is underway in Darwin which uses a new approach to dealing with poor hearing in the Indigenous population.
 

New website: Care for kids' ears: strong hearing strong start

1 August 2011

The new Care for kids' ears: strong hearing strong start website was launched in July by the Australian Government, to increase awareness of ear disease and hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
 

Business award nominee 'The Artery' supports Indigenous charities

26 July 2011

Aboriginal art gallery 'The Artery', which is nominated in this year's City of Sydney Business Awards, has passed on almost $2.5 million in artwork sales to Aboriginal artists and their communities since opening in 2005.
 

High rate of hearing loss among Indigenous inmates

20 July 2011

The outcomes of a recent study of Indigenous prisoners in Darwin and Alice Springs are discussed with the co-author, Dr Damien Howard.
 

RAHC launches new ear health online training module

20 July 2011

The Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) have launched a new ear health module to add to their online clinical training program, the RAHC introduction to remote health practice program (online).
 

Australia's first waterproof hearing aid lets water-obsessed Australians hear the sounds they love

13 July 2011

Australian Hearing has unveiled the Siemens Aquaris first fully waterproof hearing aid.
 

$9.6M campaign to tackle Indigenous hearing health

4 July 2011

The Minister for Indigenous health, Warren Snowdon, has launched a new $9.6 million national campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear and hearing health.
 

Sam is deadly serious about being heard

15 June 2011

Maroons football hero Sam Thaiday launched the My trip to hospital DVD last month, produced as part of Queensland Health's Deadly ears program, to help calm the fears of Indigenous children about having ear surgery.
 

Response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report: Hear Us: Inquiry into hearing health in Australia

1 June 2011

The Australian Government has responded to the 2010 Senate Inquiry report, Hear us: Inquiry into hearing health in Australia.
 

2011 MJA/Pfizer Australia Award

27 May 2011

The Medical Journal of Australia/Pfizer Australia award for the best original research published in the MJA was today awarded to a research paper that compared the effectiveness of two antibiotic regimens for the treatment of acute middle ear infection in Aboriginal children.
 

Budget 2011: improvements for hearing services

26 May 2011

The Federal Budget 2011 has allocated further funding to improve hearing services.
 

Senate Committee releases report into Hearing Health

13 May 2010

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has tabled its report about hearing health.
 

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

10 April 2009

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has made a new review available on the section about ear health and hearing, the EarInfoNet.
 
 
Last updated: 26 February 2014
 
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