The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has published a new report on the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples.
Key Findings of the AIHW Report
Key findings of the report include:
- Around 43% of First Nations people aged 7 and over, and 29% of children aged 7-15 had hearing loss in one or both ears, in 2018-19.
- Around 6,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples received Medicare-subsidised audiology services.
- Rates of hospitalisations for middle ear related procedures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0-6 increased between 2010-11 and 2021-22.
Audiology Australia’s Proactive Actions
Audiology Australia remains committed to addressing the high incidence of ear disease and hearing disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including supporting the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander framework for hearing health under Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership. You can read our full position statement here.
Reaffirming and strengthening our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisations and audiologists within our membership and networks, Audiology Australia recently launched our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP includes numerous actions to help strengthen hearing health and workforce outcomes for communities. You can read the RAP here.