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Indigenous education initiative - feasibility study

Identified need: According to Australian Hearing, Indigenous Australians experience ear disease and associate hearing loss at up to ten times the rate of non-indigenous Australians. In 2004-05, 10 per cent of Indigenous children aged 0-14 years were found to have ear or hearing problems, compared to 3 per cent of non-indigenous children. Some organisations argue that these figures under represent the actual rates of hearing problems of Indigenous children and the Department of Health and Ageing confirmed that there is no national data collection point for this issue.

The 2010 Senate Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia found considerable evidence of a link between hearing impairment and Indigenous school children and poor educational outcomes. According to Phoenix Consulting, highly verbal teaching styles in noisy classrooms which seldom have adequate acoustics or appropriate amplification is worsening the problems of indigenous children with hearing loss. 

The senate inquiry made five recommendations on how to improve the Indigenous Education situation two of which related to the need for sounds field amplification systems and acoustic conditioning in the classroom.

Research purpose:

Conduct feasibility into Indigenous hearing health and education

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