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Catching Dragonflies

Date posted: 12th of August 2019

Catching Dragonflies is a social impact documentary created by Rollingball Productions that explores the complex issues of otitis media (OM) and it's devastating toll on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia.

Catching Dragonflies features the story that inspired our logo 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. When a baby responds, we know they have good hearing. A baby who cannot hear is given special care by the family. 

Assosicate Professor Kelvin Kong, Australia's first Indigenous surgeon, is featured in the film as he recounts the gross inequities faced by many First Nations peoples. His call to action is clear - we must do more to prevent ear disease and its far reaching consequences. Watch the video and share it with your friends and family.

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...