Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Otitis Media

3:38 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) Acknowledges that this week is Hearing Awareness Week and recognises that poor hearing health outcomes are a significant challenge to Closing the Gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

(b) Notes that Otitis Media is a serious childhood disease that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and, left unaddressed, can lead to poor life outcomes.

(c) Calls on the Government:

(i) To take a cross-disciplinary approach to Otitis Media in young people;

(ii) Commit to tackling Otitis Media and its associated educational and social impacts as a national problem and working collaboratively with the States on a holistic, sustained, cross-disciplinary approach to addressing this issue and its effects;

(iii) Facilitate the interaction between health, education and family support programs that address the impacts of Otitis Media and focus funding towards programs that foster cross-disciplinary action.

Question agreed to.


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