21 September 2023
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience some of the highest rates of Otitis Media and associated hearing loss in the world.

Otitis Media is commonly known as ‘glue ear’ in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Left untreated, these conditions are directly linked to serious and long-term deficits. These include poor medical health, delayed communication and social skill development, challenging behaviour and learning difficulties.

With the COVID-19 lockdowns behind us, now is the time to complete crucial checks for children including:

  • regular ear checks
  • hearing assessments
  • onward referrals to ENTs / audiologists
Information for families


This article was written by members of the ‘Stronger Seeds, Taller Trees’ project which includes professionals from a number of government and non-government organisations in South Western Sydney. The group aims to support GPs working with families to navigate and access timely services when they have a concern about a child’s development.


Aboriginal Health Services

It is essential to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to connect with health and community services early to support their children’s health and wellbeing.

The following supports and resources are available:

NSW Health Aboriginal Health Services

Macarthur Aboriginal Child, Youth & Family Services

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation – Airds

Marumali Program – Liverpool

Gandangara Aboriginal Health Services – Liverpool

KARI Aboriginal Community Programs – Liverpool

Budyari Community Health Centre – Miller

SNAICC: National Voice for Our Children