KTF – Ear Health in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

by | Jun 1, 2020 | Key Thinkers Forum, Research Topics

KTF – EAR HEALTH – 6 August 2019

Indigenous populations in Australia suffer a disproportionately high rate of hearing loss and its associated impact. The effects of this are far reaching. Beyond physical symptoms, it is felt socially and emotionally and can have lasting effects for one’s whole life.

Much research has been done into the effects. That research has allowed us to see that hearing loss and ear disease can be responsible for educational barriers, communication breakdown, mental health issues and over representation in the judicial system. These areas are fundamental to social and emotional wellbeing. They are fundamental to working and living and being well.

There are exhaustive examples of what causes issues with ear health and there are exhaustive examples of how it effects those suffering. We are here to discuss how we can change this picture.

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