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HealthInfoNet’s Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2019 Report

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has prepared the report Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2019 , which provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A summary of the key statistics presented in the report on Indigenous ear and hearing health is provided below:

* In 2018-19, 14% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reported having a long-term ear and/or hearing problem.

* In 2018-19, the proportion among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with ear/hearing problems increased with age, from 6.9% of children aged 0-14 years, to 34% of those aged 55 years and over.

* For children aged 0-14 years, the prevalence of otitis media (OM) was 2.6% and of partial or complete deafness was 3.8%.

* Hearing loss in adults ranged from 6.5% of adults aged 15-24 years to 30% of those aged 55 years and over.

* In 2017-18, the age-adjusted hospitalization rate for ear conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 4.1 per 1,000 population.

* In 2014-15, 21% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over reported having a hearing or speech disability.

To view the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet’s Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2019 report, please click here.

To view a summary of the Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2019 report, please click here.

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