Deadly Ears Program

The Deadly Ears Program:

  • Delivers frontline clinical service delivery and local capacity building in 11 locations across rural and remote Queensland.
  • Leads the implementation of the state-wide policy response to middle ear disease and hearing loss, called Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures 2016-26. Launched by the Minister for Health in March 2016, Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures aims to improve outcomes for these children by delivering sector-level reforms across health, early childhood and education services.
  • Provides training and professional development for healthcare professionals and educators.
  • Conducts research to improve the prevention, treatment and management of middle ear disease and its impacts on early childhood development.

Who can access this service?

Families with concerns about their child’s ears and hearing should immediately see their local health centre or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Catchment area

The Deadly Ears Program provides clinical services into 11 locations across Queensland:

  • The Torres Strait
  • Northern Peninsula Area
  • Hope Vale
  • Wujal Wujal
  • Palm Island
  • Mornington Island
  • Doomadgee
  • Normanton
  • Mt Isa
  • Woorabinda
  • Cherbourg.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Primary / community health services from the 11 locations visited by the Deadly Ears Program (listed above) can make referrals. Find out more about ENT Outreach referral information.

Families with concerns about their child’s ears and hearing should immediately see their local health centre or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Information for health professionals

Referral instructions

Initial management needs to occur in line with the national otitis media guidelines.

Find out about ENT Outreach referral information.

Contact details

t: 07 3310 7709

PO Box 5492
West End Qld 4101

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm.

Resources

Find out more about Deadly Ears