Health Service

25 Third St

PO Box 896
Katherine NT 0851

Phone: (08) 8972 9100

Phone: (08) 8972 9123

AGPAL / ISO accredited

Ear Health Program

Ear Health

Wurli has a dedicated ear health facility staffed by a Senior Aboriginal Health Worker, which enables us to provide specialist services in relation to ear health.

Ear HealthThe ear clinic is combined with the children's clinic two days per week, and once a week Aboriginal Health Workers and a Doctor visit schools to check on children with chronic ear problems.

The prevalence of ear disease and subsequent hearing loss is far greater amongst Aboriginal people than amongst the general Australian population.

High rates amongst Aboriginal children are of particular concern, given the implications this has on their speech and language development and learning.

Ear HealthOtitis media is one such disease. In Aboriginal people in particular, this is often complicated by perforation of the eardrum, and the discharge of purulent material. Pain is often absent, so patients may delay seeking treatment.
In such circumstances, opportunistic observation of the ears as part of the standard clinic consultation is often the first step in identification and diagnosis. After initial and immediate treatment, clients are recorded in the Patient Information Recall System for follow up treatment and management by the specialist ear clinic.

At present, ear clinics are conducted one day per week, staffed by the Ear Health Aboriginal Health Worker, and attended by one of our General Practitioners.

Video otoscopy is available, enabling clients to see first hand the extent of damage done by disease. We also perform screening-level audiometry in testing for hearing loss, and as appropriate, clients are referred for more formal audiometry.