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2020 Otitis Media Guidelines for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children:
Applying the GRADE approach and a transition to an OMapp
The 2020 update of the Otitis Media Guidelines for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children has now been released.

Download a PDF of the 2020 OM Guidelines here.

To order a hard copy of the 2020 OM Guidelines, download and complete the order form and email a copy to cre_ichear@menzies.edu.au.

The 2020 OM Guidelines are also available as a desktop version and via Apple app store and Google Play.

 

How The 2020 Otitis Media Guidelines were created

The CRE_ICHEAR established a clinical and technical advisory group (TAG) comprising experts in the field of ear and hearing health. They used the  GRADEpro approach to update the previous version of the Guidelines, "The 2010 Recommendations for clinical care guidelines on the management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations". For more detailed information about the methodolgy used download "2020 Otitis Media Guidelines for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children: Applying the GRADE approach and a transition to an OMapp".
 

The 2020 OM Guidelines are for use by clinicians and health workers who have responsibility for management of OM in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children – in urban, rural and remote populations. They will are available as a hard copy (download PDF or order form) and have also been developed into a mobile App, available via Apple app store and Google Play.

 

OM-TAG Team (left to right A. Williams, Dr. S. Brophy-Williams, Prof. P. Torzillo, Prof. P. Morris, Prof. H. Coates, Dr. J. Sommer, Dr. H. Gunasekera, Dr.J. Boswell, K. Curry, Dr. J. Reath, S. Harkus, Prof. A. Leach): not in photo - Ass. Prof D. Lehmann, Dr. C. Perry, Ass. Prof K. Kong, Prof. S. O'Leary, Prof. D. Issacs, Ms. S. Nelson.

The OM-APP was developed in stages: 

Stage i) updated Guideline (Systematic Reviews) and the diagnosis algorithms, incorporating still and video images and tympanograms (recommended for diagnosis of OM). The content was developed under direction of a national technical advisory group (TAG), chaired by a high profile expert with experience in Indigenous health. 

Stage ii) The OM-APP was trialled extensively with consumers (clinicians and AHPs), using real world case studies.

There is a need to raise awareness of the early impacts OM and hearing loss on child development, on social and educational outcomes throughout life – this updated guideline and OM-APP has the potential to make a substantial contribution to awareness and motivation.

The OM-APP is available on your smart phone via Google Play and Apple's App Store.

The Otitis Media Technical Advisory Group:

Professor Paul Torzillo MBBS, FRACP, FFICM (Chair), Executive Clinical Director, Royal Prince Alfred Medical Centre
Dr Judith Boswell, Adelaide Hearing Consultants
Dr Christopher Brennan-Jones MAudA, PhD, Head, Ear Health, Westfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute and University of Western Australia
Dr Sam Brophy-Williams, Research Officer, Menzies School of Health Research
Professor Harvey Coates AO, FRACS, FACS, Paediatric Otolaryngologist, University of Western Australia and Westfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute
Ms Kathy Currie, Audiologist, Department of Health, Northern Territory Government
Dr Sumon Das MBBS, PhD, Senior Research Officer, Menzies School of Health Research
Associate Professor Hasantha Gunasekera MIPH (Hons), FRACP, PhD, University of Sydney and Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Ms Samantha Harkus,  BA, Dip Aud, MPH, Principal Audiologist, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Services, Hearing Australia
Professor David Isaacs MD FRACP FRCPCH, Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Sydney, Senior Staff Specialist, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Dr Katherine Jarosz, Research Officer, Menzies School of Health Research
Associate Professor Kelvin Kong, ENT surgeon, Hunter New England Health
Professor Amanda Leach PhD, BAgSc(Hons), MAgSc, Senior Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research
Associate Professor Deborah Lehmann, MBBS, MSc, Honorary Emeritus Fellow, Westfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia
 Professor Peter Morris, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, Deputy Head, Child Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research and Royal Darwin Hospital
Ms Sandra Nelson, Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Department of Health, Northern Territory Government
Professor Stephen O'Leary MBBS, PhD, FRACS, FAHMS, ENT consultant, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, University of Melbourne
Professor Chris Perry OAM, MBBS, FRACS, Consultant Surgeon, Deadly Ears Programme, Queensland and Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
Dr Jarod Pak, Research Officer, Menzies School of Health Research
Dr Hemi Patel MBBS, FRCS, FRACS, Consultant Surgeon, Northern Territory Department of Health and Families
Professor Jennifer Reath MBBS, FRACGP, PhD, Peter Brennan Chair of General Practice, Western Sydney University
Professor Peter Richmond MBBS, MRCP(UK), FRACP, Director, Vaccine Trials Group, Westfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Jessica Sommer MBBS, BSc, Research Officer, Menzies School of Health Research

Project Lead: Professor Amanda Leach, Menzies School of Health Research

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