Hearing health

Key Thinkers Forum

The POCHE Indigenous Health Network is holding a Key Thinkers Forum on Ear Health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. 

"Ear health continues to be an issue with widespread long term effects on overall health and lifestyle in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander population. We are coming together to talk about what needs to be done to change this."

Panel members:

WHO World Hearing Forum

Did you know, approximately 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss - of these 34 million are children? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the highest rates of severe and persistent otitis media in the world. Hearing loss resulting from otitis media has long term consequences and contributes to deep social and educational disadvantage among Australia's Indigenous children. 

Still waiting to be heard... Report on the Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia

September 2017

On 2 November 2016, the then Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, referred the Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia (the Inquiry) to the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport (the Committee).

As part of the Inquiry the Committee reviewed the current state of hearing health in Australia. More specifically the Committee examined:

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...