Issue 2 - 5 April 2021
Monday, 05 April 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Updated Otitis Media Guidelines have been released to improve treatment and access to quality ear health care across Australia
Updated Otitis Media Guidelines have been released to improve treatment and access to quality ear health care across Australia

New interactive guidelines for healthy ears

The Otitis Media Guidelines are designed to assist Australian primary health care providers to deliver the best care possible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with otitis media and hearing problems.

The guidelines have been developed by the Centre of Research Excellence in Ear and Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children (I-CHEAR).

I-CHEAR director and Menzies School of Health Research senior principal research fellow, Professor Amanda Leach AM said that the updated guidelines are needed to improve delivery and access to quality ear health care across Australia.

“Children, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, are disproportionately affected by ear infections,” Prof Leach said.

“All forms of otitis media cause conductive hearing loss, some forms cause disabling hearing loss. If persistent or chronic this increases language delay, speech problems, high vulnerability on entering school, social isolation, poor school attendance and low education and employment opportunities.”

Professor Leach said the new guidelines provide clear information about prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and management of otitis media for health practitioners.

Families can also benefit from the culturally appropriate resources within the app which have been translated and audio-recorded into five Aboriginal languages.

Associate Professor Kelvin Kong, chief investigator of I-CHEAR said that the number of people living with unaddressed hearing loss and ear diseases is unacceptable.

“These guidelines enable health care professionals and workers in the community to diagnose, treat and educate ear infections in one place,” Professor Kong said.

The OMApp can be download via the Apple Store or Google Play, or access a copy of the guidelines here: earandhearinghealth.org.au/projects/2020-om-guidelines