Children’s health

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

22 July 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience some of the highest rates of Otitis Media and associated hearing loss in the world.Stronger Seeds Taller Trees logo

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.

Regular ear checks, hearing assessments and onward referrals to ENTs are crucial in supporting positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with Otitis Media.

Information for families about Otitis Media:

Deadly Ears Program

Middle ear disease

Children’s Health Queensland

Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to connect with health and community services is another important part of supporting their children’s health and wellbeing.

Aboriginal Health Services:

South Western Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal Health Service Directory

AH-ServiceDirectory.pdf (

Macarthur Family & Youth Services

NABU – Macarthur Family & Youth Services (

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation – Airds

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation | (

Gandangara Aboriginal Health Services – Liverpool

Health Services | Gandangara

KARI Aboriginal Community Programs – Liverpool

Community Programs | KARI

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