Hearing loss and ear conditions common among Australian Indigenous children NT – AIHW
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) notes –
The report, Hearing health outreach services to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory: 2012-13 and 2013-14 looks at ear and hearing outreach services delivered between July 2012 and June 2014 under the Australian Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory and the Healthy Ears-Better Hearing, Better Listening Programs.
Why would the NT have a high level of ear related illness? How about lack of functioning washing facilities such s showers in housing.
Current national and NT data on houses that have working showers enabling the occupants the ability to have a wash stand at
Nationally of 8,059 houses in 206 communities tested, only 35% of those houses have a fully functioning shower.
In the Northern Territory of 1,968 houses tested
in 26 communities, only 30% of those houses have a fully functioning shower.
The ability to have a wash is a known deterrent for many infectious illnesses so whilst of course it is essential to treat the illness but we should also consider “stopping people getting sick” by improving essential services in houses to at least the same level enjoyed by most Australians.