References for the key publications about ear health and hearing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.
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:
The sources of information used include:
The following separate resources are also included:
Abstract adapted from Recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
This plain language summary of the Systematic review of existing evidence and primary care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations has been prepared by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). The summary outlines in clear concise language the extent of middle ear disease in the Aboriginal population and the factors that contribute to its occurrence. The diagnosis of middle ear disease and the efficacy of primary and secondary preventive measures are considered. The discussion of primary prevention interventions looks at: changing risk factors, early treatment with antibiotics, and immunisation. Medical treatments and surgical interventions are outlined in the section on secondary prevention measures.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract