Conference presentations (published elsewhere)

The NACCHO national symposium for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear and hearing health

Posted on: 4 April, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 2, April 2011 - June 2011
Related to Ear health Infants and young children

The NACCHO National symposium for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear and hearing health was held 19-21st October 2010 in Sydney. NACCHO convened the symposium to coincide with a nationwide rollout of new hearing testing equipment in health services. The Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW) learned the latest techniques in ear and hearing screening and the maintenance of the new and existing equipment.

The symposium and the rollout of equipment are part of the Australian Government’s investment of over $58 million over four years to expand ear and eye health services in Aboriginal communities. The government launched the Improving eye and ear health services for Indigenous Australians for better education and employment outcomes measure in 2009. The campaign to address chronic ear disease in Aboriginal communities brought Aboriginal Health Workers from across the country to the symposium.

Presentations included:

Primary health care service delivery program

  • Baldwin H, Trevor K. Deadly ears program Qld. (currently not available)
  • Nelson S. NT community hearing workers.
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  • Nelson S, Daby J. Top End ear health awareness program.
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Training, education and workforce

  • Hart K. Good ears good learning. (currently not available)
  • Fatnowna S. Healthy ears hear better with BBCWC.
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  • Best N. Hey big shot. (currently not available)
  • Scanlan E. Remote delivery of audiological services.
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  • Smith T, Troutman-Weir G.Vet training for ear and hearing health.
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Clinical management of ear and health

The October 2010 National Symposium achieved the following:

  • 68 AHW received professional development training, particularly in the use of ear and hearing equipment;
  • Increased knowledge of ear and hearing information through hearing about other programs across Australia; and
  • Establishment of a course advisory group to progress the development of a national ear and hearing accredited training course and associated resources that will be piloted in the first half of 2011.

A national ear and hearing equipment training day held in March 2011 built on the October 2010 symposium. The training was for ear and hearing Aboriginal Health Workers from the most experienced to those just beginning their training. Since the October 2010 symposium, a number of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) have received ear and hearing equipment rolled out by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH).

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