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Deadly Ears

Helping little people to hear, talk, learn and play.

Queensland Health’s Statewide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ear Health Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a change to the way the Deadly Ears Program is able to deliver clinical services, and means that we cannot currently visit our partner communities for face to face clinics. We are however delivering some telehealth clinics in conjunction with Hearing Australia.

The award-winning Deadly Ears Program leads Queensland Health’s response to reducing the rates and impacts of middle ear disease and conductive hearing loss for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across Queensland.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children currently have one of the highest rates of otitis media—or middle ear disease—in the world. Ear and hearing health is a major public health concern as hearing loss affects how a person interacts, understands and communicates with the world around them.

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Our services include:

  • Working in 11 partner locations across rural and remote Queensland where we deliver frontline clinical services and build local capacity;
  • Coordinating policy and practice changes across the health, early childhood and education sectors;
  • Delivering workforce training and professional development for healthcare professionals and educators; and
  • Undertaking research to improve the prevention, treatment and management of middle ear disease and its impacts on early childhood development.

The Deadly Ears Program consists of four teams:

  • The Primary Health Team – which provides training and professional development, and sector-level support to healthcare professionals and service providers.
  • The Allied Health Team – which provides audiology, speech pathology and occupational therapy services and support to children and families as well as to allied health, early years and education professionals and services to identify and manage hearing loss and other impacts associated with middle ear disease.
  • The Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Outreach Team – which provides specialist outreach ENT clinics and surgeries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with otitis media and associated conductive hearing loss.
  • The Administration Team – which provides support to the other teams so they can do their work.

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Worried about ears?

See your doctor or child health nurse as soon as possible! Call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for further information

Find out more

For more information about Deadly Ears, including eligibility criteria, catchment area restrictions, location details and referral advice, view the Deadly Ears Program service page.
Download the Otitis Media Guidelines app via the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childrens health hub