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Ear Health Program

Djaalinj Waakinj

­­Ear Health team student Alumni

Cheryl Da Costa, MD

Hrehan Hakeem, MD

Symone Ishak, Honours

Emily Furness, Honours

Elizabeth Weeda, MD

Ann Thomas, MD

Caroline Fanning, MClinAud

Bernice Ong, MClinAud

Holly Richmond, Honours

Sarah Firns, MClinAud

Tara Prentice, MClinAud

Vaishali Varsana, MClinAud

Samantha Pan, MClinAud

Courtney Zoughby, MClinAud

Jacinta Lim, MClinAud

Kerry Majid, MClinAud


April 2023

The association between otitis media in early childhood with later behaviour and attention problems: A longitudinal pregnancy cohort

The present study aims to investigate the association between an early history of recurrent otitis media (OM) with or without ventilation tube insertion and later behavioural problems in childhood and adolescence.

Published research Academic Biostatistics ADHD Ear Infections Ear Health
March 2023

Ear Portal: An urban-based ear, nose, and throat, and audiology referral telehealth portal to improve access to specialist ear-health services for children

Shortage of ear, nose, and throat specialists in public hospitals can result in delays in the detection and management of otitis media. This study introduced a new hospital-based telehealth service, named the Ear Portal, and investigated its role in improving access to specialist care.

Published research Ear Infections Ear Health Vaccine Trials Group Subsite: Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases
February 2023

Early onset of otitis media is a strong predictor of subsequent disease in urban Aboriginal infants: Djaalinj Waakinj cohort study

Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in rural/remote areas suffer high rates of persistent otitis media (OM) from early infancy. We aimed to determine the proportion of Aboriginal infants living in an urban area who have OM and investigate associated risk factors.

Published research Ear Infections Aboriginal Health Child Disability Ear Health Vaccine Trials Group Subsite: Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases
February 2023

How we measure language skills of children at scale: A call to move beyond domain-specific tests as a proxy for language

The aim of this research note is to encourage child language researchers and clinicians to give careful consideration to the use of domain-specific tests as a proxy for language; particularly in the context of large-scale studies and for the identification of language disorder in clinical practice.

Published research Early Childhood Development Language Development Ear Health Youth Mental Health Subsite: CliniKids