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The CRE ICHEAR was a national research collaboration running from December 2014 and finishing in May 2021. It was dedicated to improving ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, through high quality innovative research, Indigenous leadership, and more effective and sustainable research translation.

Our mission was to ‘close the gap’ in educational and social disadvantage associated with the high prevalence of OM and conductive hearing loss in Australian Indigenous children.

The CRE collaboration encompassed expertise in health promotion research, evaluation of Government initiatives such as housing, vaccine trials for otitis media (OM) prevention, antibiotic trials for treatment of acute otitis media (AOM) and chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM), surgical trials for hearing restoration, clinical trials of novel therapeutics, and data linkage with education outcomes, expanded analyses and mathematical modelling of combined data over a 20 year period.

The CRE  ICHEAR was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, from 2014 to 2021. The key participating institutions and their websites can be found below

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Logo Artwork

The CRE ICHEAR logo is derived from an artwork by local Indigenous artist and past Menzies staff member, Norma Benger Chidanpee. The story depicts the dragonfly which the grandmothers use to test a babies reaction to the wing vibrations. A baby who cannot hear is given special care by the family. There are two eardrums – one with a large perforation and multiple pneumococci and nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae, and one is a normal translucent drum and light reflection. The perforated ear is being treated in the traditional way with a wash made from the green tree-ant. The healthy drum is surrounded by a ring of natural and vaccine-induced antibodies which keep the middle ear healthy.

For researchers

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For health practitioners

Otitis Media (OM), sometimes known as glue ear or runny ears…

For families and communities

Many Indigenous children, and almost all Indigenous children living in remote communities...