Submission to Child Protection Inquiry

Howard, Damien, and Saxton Barney, Jodie (2010) Submission to Child Protection Inquiry. Report. Phoenix Consulting, Darwin, NT, Australia.

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The first section of this submission is on issues relevant to Indigenous people who are hard of hearing (HOH - those with a mild to moderate hearing loss). This section has been compiled by Damien Howard a hearing, non-Indigenous psychologist and educator. The second section of the submission addresses the issues of Indigenous Deaf people and HOH people and was written by Jody Saxton-Barney a Deaf Indigenous consultant.

Childhood ear disease means almost all Indigenous children experience fluctuating mild to moderate hearing loss during childhood. Studies have shown that up to 80% of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory experience hearing loss. The number of children who have a severe to profound level of hearing loss (deaf) are similar, although still higher, than in the non-Indigenous population – approximately 5% . However, the absence of many types of services to Deaf Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, as well as the multiple other types of disadvantage experienced by the Indigenous community as a whole, means that Deaf Indigenous Territorians commonly experience the most extreme disadvantage in their community, including exposure to childhood abuse.

Item ID: 16502
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: Indigenous, hard of hearing, Northern Territory, middle-ear disease, child protection
Projects and Grants: Child Protection Inquiry
Date Deposited: 17 May 2011 23:50
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 60%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 40%
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