Ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Ear disease and associated hearing loss are significant health problems for Indigenous children, and also contribute to poor educational achievement, higher unemployment, and, as a consequence, greater contact with the criminal justice system later in life. Thus, preventing ear disease in Indigenous children is a high priority. This resource sheet reviews past and current programs, research and strategies for the prevention and treatment of ear disease in Indigenous children. It examines what works, what doesn't, and what further research is needed. Risk factors, incidence, and prevalence are also noted.
Author(s) Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (Australia); Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Australian Institute of Family Studies
Source [Canberra, A.C.T.: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse], 2014.
Document type Research report
Subject(s) Children, Health, Indigenous Australians, Prevention, Intervention, Evaluation, Health policy, Treatment, Literature reviews, Diseases
URL http://www.aihw.gov.au/uploadedFiles/ClosingTheGap/Content/Our_publications/2014/ctgc-rs35.pdf (PDF 241KB)