Otitis media in Aboriginal children: tackling a major health problem

Coates, Harvey L., Morris, Peter S., Leach, Amanda J., and Couzos, Sophie (2002) Otitis media in Aboriginal children: tackling a major health problem. Medical Journal of Australia, 177 (4). pp. 177-178.

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[Extract] Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) (see Box) is very uncommon in First World countries and is best regarded as a disease of poverty. The World Health Organization has indicated that a prevalence rate of CSOM greater than 4% in a defined population of children is indicative of a massive public health problem requiring urgent attention.¹ That CSOM affects up to ten times this proportion of children in many Aboriginal communities is an indictment of the poor living conditions in these communities.² The associated hearing loss has a life-long impact, as it occurs during speech and language development and the early school years.

Item ID: 30416
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1326-5377
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Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 01:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 100%
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