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Deadly Ears Deadly Kids Deadly Communities framework evaluation report

Posted on: 24 August, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 3, July 2015 – September 2015
Related to Closing the gap Environmental health Ear health Health services Policies

Durham J, Schubert L, Vaughan L (2015)
Deadly Ears Deadly Kids Deadly Communities framework evaluation report
Brisbane: Queensland Health

This publication reports on the evaluation of the Deadly ears deadly kids deadly communities framework. The framework initiated in 2009 was aligned to the Queensland government’s whole of government ‘close the gap’ plan; Making tracks: a state-wide plan towards addressing the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders 2009-2013.

The framework targets a reduction in the significant rates of otitis media (OM) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. OM is the result of an interaction between medical and environmental causes. As such, the framework aims to reduce both the incidence and impact of conductive hearing loss associated with OM by intervening at a number of different levels, from the local to the national, and across different sectors. The purpose of this evaluation was to evaluate the effectiveness of the framework in relation to three broad areas:

  1. the extent to which the incidence and impact of chronic suppurative OM is reduced in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  2. the extent to which the framework has enhanced the coordination, integration and delivery of health and education services that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experiencing OM and associated conductive hearing loss
  3. the extent to which the framework has enabled the inclusion of information on OM and conductive hearing loss among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in policy and service planning for health and education.

The report includes key findings and recommendations.

Abstract adapted from authors

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