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released: 10 Nov 2011 author: AIHW media release

This report presents findings from the audiology and Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) follow-up services provided to children in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory as part of the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement. Between August 2007 and May 2011, 7,421 audiology and 3,838 ENT services were provided to 4,993 and 2,670 children respectively. About 66% were diagnosed with at least one type of middle ear condition, and of children who were tested, 11% had moderate, severe or profound hearing impairment.

ISBN 978-1-74249-226-1; Cat. no. IHW 60; 53pp.; Internet only

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Body section
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Key findings
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Ear health of Indigenous children
      • 1.2 The impact of ear health on children's development
      • 1.3 Challenges in managing otitis media in the NT Indigenous communities
      • 1.4 About this report
        • Information collected
        • Limitations of data
        • Structure of report
    • 2 Service delivery: Audiology
      • 2.1 Audiology data collection
      • 2.2 Follow-up care for children who received a CHC audiology referral
      • 2.3 Total services provided
      • 2.4 Demographic characteristics of children who received audiology services
      • 2.5 Further action required
      • 2.6 Subsequent audiology services
      • 2.7 Further need for audiology services
    • 3 Service delivery: ENT
      • 3.1 Information collected
      • 3.2 ENT follow-up care for children with an ENT referral from their CHC
      • 3.3 Total services provided
      • 3.4 Demographic characteristics of children
      • 3.5 Type of ENT consultation
      • 3.6 Results of ENT consultations
        • Type of treatment given during ENT consultations
        • Further action required
      • 3.7 Subsequent ENT consultation
      • 3.8 ENT Surgery and procedures
        • Time elapsed between surgery recommendation and operation
        • Follow-up care after ENT surgery
      • 3.9 Further need for ENT services
    • 4 Ear and hearing health status of children receiving ENT and audiology services
      • 4.1 Prevalence of middle ear conditions
      • 4.2 Hearing status and hearing impairment
        • 4.2.1 Methods of audiological assessment
        • 4.2.2 Hearing status and hearing impairment of children
        • 4.2.3 Hearing status and hearing impairment by ear disease
      • 4.3 Other studies of hearing loss in Indigenous children
      • 4.4 Changes in hearing loss, hearing impairment and middle ear condition over time
        • 4.4.1 Prevalence of middle ear conditions
        • 4.4.2 Hearing loss and hearing impairment
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Audiology and ENT data collection forms
    • Glossary of audiology data terms
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Ear and hearing health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory. Cat. no. IHW 60. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 21 August 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420423>.