Rural Health West, in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA), provides the Ear Health Coordination Program in WA. This program works collaboratively with primary health care clinics and other stakeholders to identify and support activity needed to improve ear health.

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Ear Health Resources

Ear Health Research 
Facilitated by Dr Chris Brennan-Jones
This session will focus on current projects and innovations in technology to improve the reach of ear health services.

  • Predictive accuracy of wideband absorbance used as a screening tool to detect middle ear dysfunction in children with learning difficulty. Presented by Dr Robyn Choi 
  • EarBuddy: Preliminary clinical evaluation of a non-invasive device under development to treat otitis media with effusion to avoid surgery. Presented by Intan Oldakowska

Sound Scouts
Carolyn is the founder and CEO of Sound Scouts. Carolyn was named Innovator of the year in 2020 at the Women in Digital Awards.
Sound Scouts is a digital ear screening application that is successful used in a number of clinical and school sessions. Carolyn will provide an overview of the application.

Digital Health Tools 
Simon Benge and Jenny Snegovaya
My Health Record and Digital Health Agency Q&A
This session reviews My Health Record specific to ear and hearing health outcomes and highlights the benefits for healthcare providers and patients. Hear through case studies how Western Australian health service providers are using digital health to innovate and improve patient and system outcomes

 

Digital health leading the way in other areas of healthcare
Hear from leading Ophthalmologist, Prof. Angus Turner in using digital health tools along the eye health pathway to improve patient and system outcomes – from managing optometry screening to ophthalmology consultations using digital health.


WA Child Ear Health Strategy

This Strategy has been developed to tackle ear disease amongst children, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Western Australia. It provides a road map for better care through multi-agency service planning, strengthened community focused partnerships, alignment of funding, and better coordination.

2020 Otitis Media Guidelines for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

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.

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (ACHWA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in Western Australia. AHCWA exist to support and act on behalf of their 23 Member ACCHS throughout WA, actively responding to the individual and collective needs of their Members.


ACHWA provides ear health training and information on upcoming courses can be viewed here.

Hearing Australia HAPEE Ears For Early Years program 

Through the Hearing Australia HAPEE program Aboriginal children aged 0-6 years will receive hearing checks across a number of rural and remote locations. Screening data has been provided to Rural Health West from the HAPEE program identifying a number of locations deemed as high priority for an increase to follow up ear and hearing health services.

Information on the HAPEE Program can be viewed here.

Ear equipment supply, maintenance and repair

The Australian Government has invested in a number of ear and hearing health initiatives which are available nationally, free of charge.

Sonic Innovations has been contracted to manage the supply of equipment and accessories, maintenance and calibration services, and freight for ear assessment equipment and accessories supplied to Aboriginal Medical Services and other health services with a predominance of Aboriginal clients.  A list of services in Western Australia with ear assessment equipment is available here.

Rural Health West Ear Health Coordination Program e-bulletin

Stay in touch with quarterly updates from Rural Health West on ear health services across the State. Please email [email protected] to sign up to this e-bulletin.

Click below to view previous editions:

Rural Health West: Ear Health Coordination Program March 2022
Rural Health West: Ear Health Coordination Program October 2021

Rural Health West: Ear Health Coordination Program July 2021
Rural Health West: Ear Health Coordination Program March 2021