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Hearing health outreach services to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory 2012–13 and 2013–14

Posted on: 2 March, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 1, January 2015 – March 2015
Related to Ear health Health services Policies Infants and young children Northern Territory

Kok B, Tong B, Penm R, Kitchens R, Watson J (2015)
Hearing health outreach services to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory 2012–13 and 2013–14
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents information on ear and hearing health outreach services provided to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory, on their hearing health, and on middle ear conditions that they experience.

These services include those provided by audiologists; ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists; and Child Hearing Health Coordinators. Services were funded by the Australian Government, mainly through the National partnership agreement on stronger futures in the Northern Territory (SFNT) (for children aged under 16) and the Healthy ears better hearing, better listening program.

The report provides information on topics including:

  • How many occasions of service were delivered for each hearing health service, and to how many children and young people?
  • Were there differences by demographic variables such as age and sex?
  • What was the hearing health status (hearing loss and degree of hearing impairment) among children and young people who received audiology services?
  • What was the prevalence of middle ear conditions among children and young people who received audiology and/or ENT teleotology services?
  • Is there evidence to suggest the effectiveness of the hearing health programs in the Northern Territory in improving the ear and hearing health of the children and young people who received services?
  • Were performance benchmarks for the SFNT hearing health program reached in 2012-13 and 2013-14?

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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