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Otitis Media: a chronic disease?

  • Member
    27 June 2012
    Hi everyone,
    my name is sachin and I works as Tobacco Action Worker at Bega Garnbirringu Health Services, Kalgoorlie (WA). While doing research on health effects of smoking, I came across a very interesting study done in my work area. The study results showed that the risk of Otitis Media is directly proportional to exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) among children.


  • Member
    9 March 2012
    Hi Chloe, please give me a call on (07)3250 8673 if you would like to have a quick chat around OM in Indigenous child populations. I'm a Wiradjuri epidemiologist with QLD Health's Deadly Ears Program, and I'd be keen to assist. Cheers, Kyle
  • Member
    8 March 2012
    hi im currenty studying my cert iv in education support and im doing a Indigenous unit, i have to do a oral presentation on an aboriginal health issue and i chose to do otitis media i was just wondering if anyone had any information i could use or know of any health care professionals i could get in contact with

    thanks :))
  • Member
    13 January 2011
    Given the life-long effects of OM in early life, on hearing, language development, auditory perception, and behaviour, and the the flow on effects on education, employment, dysfunctional, antisocial, and 'criminal' outcomes,it is almost certainly a chronic disease of greater significance than the 'preventable chronic diseases' which present much later in life. Many of these may have their genesis in the lifestyles to which ear disease contibutes. Unfortunately (from an epidemiological point of view), ear disease doesn't turn up on the death certificate.

    Definitely a much under-reported problem.

    Regards...Fred McConnel
  • Member
    19 December 2010
    Otitis Media: a chronic disease?

    That is a question receiving more and more attention. I'm of the belief that recurrent OM amongst rural/ remote Indigenous children is a chronic condition, particularly for those aged between 0 and 4 years.

    The long-term impacts of child OM are enormous and seriously underreported nationally.

    Your thoughts?

    Cheers, Kyle