EarTrain Training in Coffs Harbour on October 17th and 18th, in collaboration with EarTrain TAFE NSW and the AH&MRC Ear Health Coordination Program, aims to enhance the skills of the workforce in ear and hearing health. The goal is to bridge the gap in ear health checks, hearing tests for young children, and prioritize early learning and access to hearing health equipment.
The EarTrain Program is a free online initiative for primary healthcare professionals, designed to identify and treat otitis media and other hearing conditions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Otitis Media (middle ear infection) can be prevented and treated early through regular ear checks during interactions with children and families. EarTrain empowers primary healthcare professionals to improve ear health in their communities. The program, funded by the Australian Federal Government, is delivered across Australia by TAFE NSW and is part of the Closing the Gap initiative available until June 2024.
In support of the EarTrain program, we work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organizations and clinical staff to provide more accessible training in rural and remote areas, tailored to specific skill sets. This practical training enhances the confidence of clinical staff in conducting ear health checks and following referral pathways to provide quality ear health care for their patients and local communities.
During a week of reflection, we appreciate the participation and determination of those attending the two-day EarTrain training workshop. Participants included Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation (RIVMED), Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre, and Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Health Service (DRAHS).
About the EarTrain program: EarTrain is a fully funded* online training program for primary healthcare professionals to identify and manage otitis media and other hearing conditions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The program, funded by the Australian Government, is delivered across Australia by TAFE NSW and is part of the Closing the Gap initiative available until June 30, 2024.
Program Eligibility: Primary healthcare professionals and workers providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to participate in the EarTrain program.
Workshop 1: Practical Skills – Screening in your Community: This two-day workshop provides practical skills in otoscopy, tympanometry, screening otoacoustic emissions, introduction to audiometry (for adults and children), and referral pathways. It is ideal for those seeking an introduction or refresher in these practical skills. The workshop offers the opportunity to apply the skills and techniques learned in the online training, gaining practical experience and confidence under guidance.