Department of Education

Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Education

Conductive Hearing Loss Strategy

This program offers information and resource materials on Conductive Hearing Loss (CHL) and Otitis Media (OM).  OM is prevalent in young children, particularly Aboriginal children and has a significant impact on children's language and their social and physical development.

The Care for Kids' Ears campaign has been designed and produced by the Australian Government to increase awareness of ear disease and hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  It is the first national campaign to target Indigenous ear disease.  There are many free resources for teachers and early childhood and community groups to use as well as a teacher's kit.

For easy to understand information on CHL see ©R.I.C Publications, Class Ideas K-3, Issue 48.

Do You Hear What I Hear Resource Kit has been developed to raise community awareness, knowledge and understanding of OM and CHL and how it reduces their impact on learning. Currently available in District Education Offices the kit will help primary school teachers, parents and members of the community recognise and assist children whose learning abilities have been impaired with recurring OM or middle ear infection.

Key Benefits/Outcomes

School networks are encouraged to:

  • Raise awareness of CHL and OM.
  • Access information about managing CHL and OM issues.
  • Engage Aboriginal parents and communities on CHL and OM issues.

Links to other Projects/Partners

Living and Learning with Conductive Hearing Loss/Otitis Media

Conductive Hearing Loss

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