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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with ear health and hearing issues among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2016

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2015. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011 - summary report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bailie C, Matthews V, Bailie J, Burgess P, Copley K, Kennedy C, Moore L, Larkins S, Thompson S, Bailie RS (2016)

Determinants and gaps in preventive care delivery for Indigenous Australians: a cross-sectional analysis.

Frontiers in Public Health; 4: 34

Retrieved 10 March 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00034

Deadly Ears Program (2016)

Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures: Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child ear and hearing health framework 2016-2026.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

This ten-year framework outlines a commitment to prevent and manage the impacts of middle ear disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Queensland through the combined efforts of the health, early childhood and education sectors.

It addresses three priorities:

  • health promotion and disease prevention
  • primary healthcare
  • early intervention.

The framework includes a ten-year implementation plan that has been developed and endorsed by the Queensland Government, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health sector and other government and non-government agencies. Key features of the implementation plan include:

  • 36 actions related to health promotion and prevention, service improvements, workforce development and data collection and research
  • 8 performance targets to track progress until 2026.

Each year an annual action plan will be released outlining the specific activities service providers and partners will undertake. Progress will be monitored and published annually, and a multi-sector steering committee will be responsible for implementing the framework.

Abstract adapted from Deadly Ears

Leach A (2016)

Bulging ear drums and hearing loss: Aboriginal kids have the highest otitis media rates in the world.

Retrieved 16 September 2016 from https://theconversation.com/bulging-ear-drums-and-hearing-loss-aboriginal-kids-have-the-highest-otitis-media-rates-in-the-world-64165

Leach AJ, Wigger C, Beissbarth J, Woltring D, Andrews R, Chatfield MD, Smith-Vaughan H, Morris PS (2016)

General health, otitis media, nasopharyngeal carriage and middle ear microbiology in Northern Territory Aboriginal children vaccinated during consecutive periods of 10-valent or 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology; 86: 224-232

Nicholls TR, Leach AJ, Morris PS (2016)

The short-term impact of each primary dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on nasopharyngeal carriage: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials.

Vaccine; 34(6): 703-713

2015

Attwood L, Rodrigues S, Winsor J, Warren S, Biviano L, Gunasekera H (2015)

Improving delivery of health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 51(5): 534–540

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This is the fifth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It includes 68 key measures under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, community capacity, health behaviours and person-related behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, appropriateness, efficiency, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses, is the fifth in a series of reports against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework which are published every two years. This report provides information on a range of measures of health status, determinants of health and the health system performance relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Detailed tables to support the analysis presented in this report are provided.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Binks MJ, Moberley SA, Balloch A, Leach AJ, Nelson S, Hare KM, Wilson C, Morris PS, Nelson J, Chatfield MD, Tang ML, Torzillo P, Carapetis JR, Mulholland EK, Andrews RM (2015)

PneuMum: impact from a randomised controlled trial of maternal 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination on middle ear disease amongst Indigenous infants, Northern Territory, Australia.

Vaccine; In press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.10.101):

Brennan-Jones CG, Whitehouse AJO, Park J, Hegarty M, Jacques A, Eikelboom RH, Swanepoel De Wet, White JD, Jamieson SE (2015)

Prevalence and risk factors for parent-reported recurrent otitis media during early childhood in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 51(4): 403–409

Burns J, Burrow S, Drew N, Elwell M, Gray C, Harford-Mills M, Hoareau J, Lynch R, MacRae A, O’Hara T, Potter C, Ride K, Trzesinski A (2015)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Davis S, Reeve C, Humphreys JS (2015)

How good are routinely collected primary healthcare data for evaluating the effectiveness of health service provision in a remote Aboriginal community?.

Rural Remote Health; 15: 2804

Retrieved 6 October 2015 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2804

Hendrickx D, Stephen A, Lehmann D, Silva D, Boelaert M, Carapetis J, Walker R (2015)

A systematic review of the evidence that swimming pools improve health and wellbeing in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12433):

Jervis-Bardy J, Rogers GB, Morris PS, Smith-Vaughan HC, Nosworthy E, Leong LE, Smith RJ, Weyrich LS, De Haan J, Carney AS, Leach AJ, O'Leary S, Marsh RL (2015)

The microbiome of otitis media with effusion in Indigenous Australian children.

International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology; In Press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijporl.2015.07.013):

Kok B, Tong B, Penm R, Kitchens R, Watson J (2015)

Hearing health outreach services to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory 2012–13 and 2013–14.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents information on ear and hearing health outreach services provided to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory, on their hearing health, and on middle ear conditions that they experience.

These services include those provided by audiologists; ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists; and Child Hearing Health Coordinators. Services were funded by the Australian Government, mainly through the National partnership agreement on stronger futures in the Northern Territory (SFNT) (for children aged under 16) and the Healthy ears better hearing, better listening program.

The report provides information on topics including:

  • How many occasions of service were delivered for each hearing health service, and to how many children and young people?
  • Were there differences by demographic variables such as age and sex?
  • What was the hearing health status (hearing loss and degree of hearing impairment) among children and young people who received audiology services?
  • What was the prevalence of middle ear conditions among children and young people who received audiology and/or ENT teleotology services?
  • Is there evidence to suggest the effectiveness of the hearing health programs in the Northern Territory in improving the ear and hearing health of the children and young people who received services?
  • Were performance benchmarks for the SFNT hearing health program reached in 2012-13 and 2013-14?

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Kok B, Tong B, Penm R, Watson J (2015)

Hearing health outreach services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the Northern Territory: 2012-13 to 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents information on ear and hearing health outreach services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the Northern Territory from July 2012 to June 2015. It also provides information on the hearing health status and ear conditions experienced by these young people. Services include those provided by audiologists; ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists; and Child Hearing Health Coordinators (CHHCs). They are funded by the Australian Government, through the National partnership agreement on stronger futures in the Northern Territory (SFNT) (for children and young people aged under 16) and the Healthy ears - better hearing, better listening program (for children and young people aged 21 and under). This is the third annual report in its series.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Leach AJ, Wigger C, Hare K, Hampton V, Beissbarth J, Andrews R, Chatfield M, Smith-Vaughan H, Morris PS (2015)

Reduced middle ear infection with non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae, but not Streptococcus pneumoniae, after transition to 10-valent pneumococcal non-typeable H. influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine.

BMC Pediatrics; 15: 162

Retrieved 19 October 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12887-015-0483-8

Nguyen KH, Smith AC, Armfield NR, Bensink M, Scuffham PA (2015)

Cost-effectiveness analysis of a mobile ear screening and surveillance service versus an outreach screening, surveillance and surgical service for Indigenous children in Australia.

PLOS ONE; 10(9): e0138369

Retrieved 25 September 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0138369

Nogrady B (2015)

The Indigenous health gap: social factors hit hard.

Retrieved 7 July 2015 from http://www.abc.net.au/health/features/stories/2015/07/07/4268380.htm

Smith AC, Brown C, Bradford N, Caffery LJ, Perry C, Armfield NR (2015)

Monitoring ear health through a telemedicine-supported health screening service in Queensland.

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare; Online First(http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1357633X15605407): 1-4

2014

Anomie, MacRae A, Burns J, Poynton M, D'Costa B, Ride K, Gray C, Thomson N, Hoareau J, Trzesinski A, Levitan L (2014)

Summary of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia, 2013.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: hearing health services 2012 - 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data on Indigenous children who were a part of the Child Hearing Health Coordinator (CHHC) program which ran in the Northern Territory in 2012 and 2013. During that time, 1,541 children were provided with 1,807 audiology services. The report outlines the results for 174 of the children, who participated in the CHHC program and presented for 181 visits. Of the children who received audiology services, 72% were diagnosed with at least one type of middle ear condition and about 10% had moderate, severe or profound hearing impairment.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Balloch A, Licciardi PV, Kemp AS, Leach AJ, Mulholland EK, Tang ML (2014)

Comparison of anti-pneumococcal antibodies in cord blood from Australian Indigenous and Gambian neonates and the implications for otitis media.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 33(4): e116–e120

Reeve C, Thomas A, Mossenson A, Reeve D, Davis S (2014)

Evaluation of an ear health pathway in remote communities: improvements in ear health access.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(3): 127-132

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the sixth report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chiu C, McIntyre P (2013)

Pneumococcal vaccines – past, present and future.

Australian Prescriber; 36(3): 88-93

Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia (2013)

Evaluation of the National Indigenous Ear Health Campaign: final report.

Canberra: Care for Kids’ Ears

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

Stephen ATN, Leach AJ, Morris PS (2013)

Impact of swimming on chronic suppurative otitis media in Aboriginal children: a randomised controlled trial.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(1): 51-55

Yiengprugsawan V, Hogan A, Strazdins L (2013)

Longitudinal analysis of ear infection and hearing impairment: findings from 6-year prospective cohorts of Australian children.

BMC Pediatrics; 13: 28

Retrieved 21 February 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-13-28

2012

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Coates H, Kong K, Mackendrick A, Lanninghan F, Vijayasekaran S, Bumbak P (2012)

Aboriginal ear health manual.

Perth, WA:

Hill S (2012)

Ear disease in Indigenous Australians: a literature review.

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

Huntley P, Woods B, Rudge S (2012)

Healthy Ears, Happy Kids: a new approach to Aboriginal child ear health in NSW.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 60-61

Leach A (2012)

Using pneumococcal vaccines (Prevenar13 & Synflorix) in combination for maximum protection from ear infections: Prev-Ix_Combo.

The Chronicle; 23(1): 24-25

Mahadevan M, Navarro-Locsin G, Tan HKK, Yamanaka N, Sonsuwan N, Wang P, Dung NTN, Restuti RD, Hashim SSM, Vijayasekaran S (2012)

A review of the burden of disease due to otitis media in the Asia-Pacific.

International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology; 76(5): 623–635

New South Wales Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2012)

The health of Aboriginal people of NSW: report of the Chief Health Officer 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

O'Neill G (2012)

Otitis media: silent epidemic.

Australian Life Scientist; 9(3): 42-44

Scott-Visser B (2012)

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

The Chronicle; 23(1): 20

Simmons K, Rotumah V, Cookson M, Grigg D (2012)

Child hearing health coordinators tackle ear and hearing health in the NT.

The Chronicle; 23(1): 22-23

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2011)

National summit on the rollout of the nationally accredited Ear and Hearing Health Training Skill Set for the Aboriginal health worker workforce: discussion paper.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

New South Wales Health Promotion Division (2011)

Aboriginal ear health program guidelines.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Queensland Government (2011)

Deadly Ears annual review 2010/11.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Snowdon W (2011)

Funding equipment to fight hearing loss in Indigenous children.

Retrieved 1 December 2010 from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-ws-ws080.htm

2010

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Indigenous ear health: developmental research to inform Indigenous social marketing campaigns: final report.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

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/

Senate Community Affairs References Committee (2010)

Hear us: inquiry into hearing health in Australia.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia: Senate

 
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