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Investigation into hearing impairment among Indigenous prisoners within the Northern Territory Correctional Services

Posted on: 29 August, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 3, July 2011 – September 2011
Related to Ear health Offender health Research Northern Territory

Vanderpoll T, Howard D (2011)
Investigation into hearing impairment among Indigenous prisoners within the Northern Territory Correctional Services
Darwin: Phoenix Consulting

This report investigates the implications of hearing impairment among the Indigenous prisoners in Northern Territory Correctional Services. It was conducted in response to the Hear us: enquiry into hearing health in Australia report by the Australian Government.

The results of the study found significant hearing loss among Indigenous prisoners, contributing to a breakdown of communication between inmates and prison officers. There is further discussion about the implications of hearing loss for correctional services and recommendations for the use of hearing amplification devices to reduce communication difficulties and improve rehabilitation outcomes.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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