Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations 2010

The Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media is a resource to standardise treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Page last updated: 23 September 2015

Otitis media is a significant health issue, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Some studies suggest that up to 91% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote communities present with otitis media. Long term otitis media can result in hearing impairment, which can impact on a child’s speech, language acquisition and learning, and contribute to behavioural problems affecting social, emotional and educational development. Severe otitis media can result in permanent hearing loss.

The Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations 2010 (the Guidelines) is a resource to standardise treatments to improve the prevention, early detection and management of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the primary healthcare setting. The Guidelines, prepared by an expert team in ear health led by the Menzies School of Health Research, are based on the 2001 Guidelines and relevant research studies published since 2001.

The Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations (2010) (online)

PDF version: The Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations (2010) (PDF 1227 KB)

To obtain a hardcopy of the kit and associated products please contact National Mailing and Marketing at health@nationalmailing.com.au or phone 1800 020103 (quote: NMM code OT0270).

A range of other products are also available

  • Poster of key messages for primary health care providers;
  • Otitis Media Guidelines Practical Treatment Plans brochure; and
  • Otitis Media pocket guide for the diagnosis and management of ear disease.